Wayne Zahn said goodbye to his family and friends Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin.
He was born Nov. 18, 1924, in Carey, to Norman and Marguerite (Simonis) Zahn.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Kurtz) Zahn; three children, Jeffrey (Catherine) Zahn of Toronto, Michael (Deborah) Zahn of Hamilton, N.Y., and Christine Morris of Columbus; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
After eight years at Our Lady of Consolation School, Carey, he graduated from Carey High School in 1942, where he was president of his class and very active in sports. He entered the V-12 program at Bowling Green State University where he played football and basketball. He received his naval commission from Columbia University and spent two years in the Mediterranean. After the war ended, he entered Case University, where he was a star football player from which he received many awards.
He married Virginia Kurtz July 15, 1947. After graduating from Case University, he joined National Machinery Co. in 1949, where he later became president of the company, retiring in 1984.
Wayne was active in the building of the Tiffin YMCA Recreation Center and active at Tiffin University where he was instrumental in the building of Zahn Hall. He served on the board at Heidelberg College, Tiffin University, Mohawk Golf Club and also was a member of the Tiffin Elks Lodge No. 94.
His wife, Virginia, resides at St. Francis Villa. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
His memorial Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. There will be no burial at this time.
Friends may visit with the family from 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tiffin University Scholarship Fund or St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.