James Francis Zuck, Sr., age 94 of rural Hamburg, IA passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg.
He was born on October 13, 1922 at the family home in Atchison County, Missouri; the son of Emery and Marjorie Rose Zuck. He attended school and graduated from the Hamburg High School with the class of 1939. He was united in marriage to Mary Kathryn Henderson on July 22, 1942 in Hamburg, Iowa.
He entered the United States Army on December 4, 1942 and proudly served his country during WWII. He was honorably discharged on February 16, 1946. During his time in the service, he served as a cook, male nurse and a machine gunner.
He was a life long farmer; a job he was devoted to and loved. He was a former member of the Hamburg American Legion and the Hamburg Baptist Church. He was also a member the Hamburg Baseball Association. Francis was an avid follower of his Alma Mater-the Hamburg Wildcat Athletic program.
He is survived by his four children: Gloria J. Weber and significant other Karl Hobbie of Shenandoah, Iowa; James Francis Zuck, Jr. and wife Diane of Hamburg, Iowa; Judy C. Becker and husband Louie of Hamburg, and Dianna R. Hall and husband John of rural Rock Port, Missouri; 13 grandchildren: Jeffrey F. Dank; Patrick Dankof and wife Sarah; Leslie Gillespie; Kimberly Brachtel and husband Matt; Mark Zuck and wife Amy; Julie O’Barsky and husband Chuck; Cindie Gaines and husband Seth; Gregg Bashaw and significant other Mindy Ptacek; Mindy Nelson and husband Eric, Shannon Snyder and wife Alise; Mike Becker and wife Mollee; Nikki Albert and husband Jack and Jodi Wiles and husband Corey; 32 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren; other family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Kathryn Zuck, as well as his parents Emery and Marjorie Zuck.
Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg, Iowa with Pastor Tom Beutler officiating. Burial followed the services at Mt. Olive Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Hamburg American Legion.
Memorials may be given to Hamburg Rescue. Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.