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Robert L. Zurn

Robert L. Zurn

Oct. 24, 1925 - March 21, 2009

OLIVIA -- Robert LeRoy Zurn, 83, of Olivia, died Saturday at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. Burial with military rites will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home of Olivia. Memorials are preferred to American Cancer Society or Renville County Hospice.

He was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Olivia to Clarence and Gladys (Puckett) Zurn. He attended Aloysianum and the Olivia Public School, graduating in 1943. He served in World War II. He then went to aviation mechanic school at Tulsa, Okla. He returned to Olivia and worked for Rural Deyhdrators, Dudek's Repair Shop, Renco Gas and Duininck Brothers and Gilchrist until his retirement in 1992.

He married Marie Gass on Nov. 20, 1965, in Bird Island.

He was a lifelong member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Jane and (John) Larsen of Danube; sons: Jim (and Koren) of New Prague, John (and Jen) of St. Augusta, Jerry (and Anita) of Foreston and Jeffrey (and Andrea) of Willmar; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son: Joseph Andrew; one sister and one brother.