Zink

Edward Zink Owatonna—Edward Zink, 1433 Rice Lake St., died Friday, August 30 at Timberdale Trace, in Owatonna. He was 97. Mr. Zink was born December 24, 1921 in Dillonvale, Ohio. He was a star athlete in basketball and football at Smithfield High School and won an athletic scholarship to attend Oberlin College. However, WWII intervened, and he enlisted in the Army Air Force. Serving as a radio/radar mechanic for 3 and a half years, he achieved the rank of Sergeant by the time of his honorable discharge in 1946. On September 9, 1944, he married Bruna "Bea" Palozzi, his high school sweetheart, in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated cum laude with a Masters degree in horticulture from Ohio State University in 1949. For 25 years he managed rose production at Cashman's Greenhouse in Owatonna. He caught his first swarm of bees at age 12 which launched a lifetime avocation. As a commercial beekeeper he annually harvested more than 20 tons of honey and was known in the community as "the bee man". He was an active volunteer in the Owatonna community: hospice visitor and volunteer, active in the Associated Church, delivered Meals on Wheels, provided income tax assistance at the Senior Center, monitored bluebird populations at Rice Lake State Park and participated in the Christmas Bird Count for years. Mr. Zink is survived by his two daughters Mary Zink (David Addis) of St. Paul, MN; Carol Gerby (Patrick) of Villa Park, IL; five grandchildren, Mark Gerby, Phoenix, AZ; Daniel Addis (fiancée Francoise) St. Paul, MN; Kevin Gerby (Beth), Portland, OR; Nathan Gerby, Madison, WI; and Abigail Addis, St. Paul, MN; and his sister, Helen Hall, Steubenville, OH. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bea, in 1990 and his brother, Joe. A memorial service will be held at 9:30am on Monday, October 7th at the Associated Church. Burial will follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Associated Church, 800 Havana Road, Owatonna, MN 55060; Heartland Hospice 821 3rd Ave SE #15, Rochester, MN 55904; Homestead Hospice House, 2350 NW 26th St., Owatonna, MN 55060; or the Spivak Bee Innovation Fund, U of M Bee Research Facility, Department of Entomology, 1634 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55113.

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