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Leo Zinnel Oct. 28, 1932 - April 18, 2018

April 19, 2018
Estherville News

A memorial service for Leo Zinnel, 85, of Spirit Lake, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with the Rev. Dr. Dave Ullom officiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville with military rites by VFW Post #3388 of Estherville. He passed away on April 18, 2018, at Accura Care Center in Spirit Lake.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Leo Otto Zinnel was born on Oct. 28, 1932, in Whittemore, Iowa, to Walter and Margaret (Everhard) Zinnel.

He attended Whittemore High School. On Nov. 5, 1949, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He spent six years in the Navy and was honorably discharged on Feb. 7, 1955.

Upon his return home, he was employed at Tobin Packing Plant, and later John Morrell and Company in Estherville for 36 and a half years. On July 10, 1950, he was united in marriage to Arlene Tordoff at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The couple had two children Alan and Linda. Arlene passed away in 1973. Leo was easily spotted out and about town in his nearly one of a kind 1981 Volkswagen pickup. He never knew a stranger and was well known for his sense of humor. He enjoyed trips to casinos. One of the greatest pleasures in Leo's life was spending time with his family. Leo was married to Dee (Skogen) Wentworth in 1988. They made their home in Estherville, eventually moving to Spirit Lake.

Leo was a member at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville and VFW Post 3388.

Leo is survived by his wife Deloris of Spirit Lake, his children Alan (Michelle) Zinnel of Sioux Falls, S.D., Linda (Len) Hanneman of Plymouth, Minn.; five grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and his sister Mary Ann Hyde of Clive, Iowa.

Leo is preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene; parents; brothers: Melvin, Joe, Gene, and Harold and his sister, Hazel Mullahey.

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