CSM (R) Edward Zeek

CSM (R) Edward Zeek

Friday, July 20th, 1928 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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CSM (R) Edward Jacob Zeek, age 91, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Monday, July 13, 2020. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Rick Childress officiating. Burial with US Army Honors will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.
Ed's family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home.
Ed entered into this life on July 20, 1928, son of the late Jacob and Anna Zeek. As a young man, Ed entered into the US Army at the height of WWII, volunteering to be a part of the elite Paratrooper force and pledging his loyalty to the Flag of the United States of America against the powers of world tyranny and oppression. In doing so, Ed became a member of the "greatest generation" and bravely fought for liberty and freedom, not only during the last World War, but over the subsequent three decades. He continued his dedicated service with the Army throughout the Korean War and Vietnam. Throughout his military career it became apparent that Ed was a natural leader and attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major. His decorations and medals included the Bronze Star (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Combat Infantryman Badge (2), Master Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal (8), 12 Overseas Service Badges, Vietnamese Jump Wings, Vietnamese Service Medal (12 Campaign Stars), Meritorious Unit Citation (2), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (3), Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award (2), Rep. of Korea Presidential Citation, Korean Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), the Glider Badge, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), and the WWII Victory Medal. Ed was discharged from active duty service following 27 years of service. Following retirement from the Army, Ed worked for Civil Service/DENTAC for nearly 30 years. In his spare time he loved working and crafting with his hands. Making wind chimes, painting one of a kind statuaries, and brick-work around the home were just some of the many things he enjoyed. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his siblings, Elizabeth, Annastasia, Stanley, Andy, and Frank. Survivors include the love of his life and wife of over 65 years, Wilma Bohna Zeek, children Edward Jacob Zeek II, Barbara Zeek Hutchinson (Danny), Marie Zeek Rainey, and Susan Zeek; brother, Valentino Zeek; and grandchildren, Alex Snyder, Kaitlyn Rios, Zeek Rainey, Maddy Fleagle, Jacob Rainey, and Kaleigh Thorne; one great grandchild and was awaiting a second.
Memorials may be made to either Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to the Clarksville/Montgomery Co. Humane Society. Condolences may be made to Ed's family at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home
    1209 Madison St.
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  • Service

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    709 Franklin St.
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  • Interment

    Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West
    5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard
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Chuck and Valerie ( Zimmerlink) Yengst

Posted at 08:14pm
We just learned today of Valerie’s Uncle Ed’s passing. A member of the Greatest Generation, he truly was an American hero and warrior. We regret that so many miles have separated us over the years and that we didn’t get to see more of him and his family in Tennessee. We send our love and sincerest condolences.

Annette Joplin

Posted at 08:48am
Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers right now and going forward as you transition into a life without your Husband/Dad/Grandfather. His memory will live on in your hearts and minds forever. He was an amazing man who inspired me to paint concrete statues, as well, after seeing the beautiful job he did on so many. It is very fulfilling. I know that you will grieve for your loss, but also remember to rejoice in his new freedom and wings of our father. God Bless you all. xoxo Chris and Annette (Catalano) Joplin

Marie Rainey Posted at 01:46pm

Thank you, Annette, for your kind words. I’m pleased to know you are taking over Daddy’s painting pastime. He’ll appreciate that!

Brian Yarbrough

Posted at 07:11am
My deepest sympathy to the entire Zeek family and friends. May God bless and heal your heavy hearts.
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Camille Willson

Posted at 08:09pm
Kindest Regards,
William and Camille Willson

Marie Rainey Posted at 01:47pm

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Miriam Babcock

Posted at 03:03pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Chuck and Miriam Babcock, Norma Jo Meek, Buzzy Meek.
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