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Franklin Charles Zech

February 10, 1948 — May 9, 2021

Rock Rapids

     Franklin Charles Zech, the son of Clifford and Ellen (Salter) Zech, was born February 10, 1948 in Chippewa Falls, WI.  His childhood years were spent in Chippewa Falls, where he received his education, graduating in 1966.  Following his schooling, he moved to Minneapolis, where he lived for one year. He entered the military and served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict until his honorable discharge.  After his service, he moved back to Minneapolis. Frank attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, where he received his BA degree.

     Frank married Linda Fairchild on June 21, 1975 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa.  After their marriage, they moved to Spencer, Iowa, where Frank was a Sr. Buyer at Eaton Corporation for 33 years until his retirement.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Spencer.  Frank was also a longtime active member of the American Legion and VFW in Spencer.  He was a big sports fan and loved watching the Green Bay Packers, coaching his kids in Little League, and loved to golf until his sons became involved in sports.

     He passed away at his home in Rock Rapids, Iowa on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the age of 73.  Frank was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ellen Nesvacil and a brother, Randy Zech.

     He is survived by his wife, Linda of Rock Rapids; two sons: Patrick (Jenifer) Zech of Minneapolis, MN and Chas (Esther) Zech of Rock Rapids, IA; 7 grandchildren: Mackenzie, Kaiden, Miley, Ainsley, Charlotte, Elianna and Lillian; two sisters: Gwen Bauman of Chippewa Falls, WI and Barbara Wolfe of Poynet, WI; four brothers: Frederick Zech of Evanston, WY, Ron (Eva) Zech of Brainerd, MN, Dennis Zech of Chippewa Falls and Douglas (Lyuba) Zech of White Bear Lake, MN; other relatives and many friends.

In Lieu of Flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

Memorials may be sent to:

Charles Zech
701 S. Carroll St.
Rock Rapids, IA 51246


And if I go,

While you’re still here…

Know that I live on,

Vibrating to a different measure

Behind a thin veil you cannot see through,

You will not see me,

So you must have faith.

I wait for the time when we

can soar together again,

both aware of each other,

until then, live your life to it’s fullest,

and when you need me,

Just whisper my name in your heart,

…I will be there.


Colleen Carah Hitchcock

Public Graveside Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Military services will be conducted by American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1 & V.F.W. Clay County Post #3159 both of Spencer.
Pastor Jon Pausley
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 12, with the family present at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
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