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Obituary: John Edward Zapfe, Columbus

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John Edward Zapfe, 61, of Central Avenue, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Zapfe graduated from Columbus High School with the class of 1969 and retired in 2000 from Cummins Engine Company after 31 years of service.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 741, the Moose Lodge No. 398 and the American Legion. He was an avid Kentucky basketball fan, attended many Cincinnati Reds games and enjoyed playing euchre and bar bingo. He loved cats, antique furniture, 1970 pick-up trucks, country music and playing guitar with family and friends. Hank Williams Jr. and Merle Haggard were two of his favorite singers.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday. Burial will be at Milhousen Cemetery in Milhousen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bartholomew County Humane Society, 4110 E. County Road 200S, Columbus, IN 47201.

Born in Columbus Feb. 22, 1951, Mr. Zapfe was the son of Albert H. Zapfe and Helen M. May Zapfe.

Survivors include his companion of many years, Penny Bryant of Columbus; brothers, Albert R. (wife, Phyllis) Zapfe of Columbus, IN, and Carl H. (wife, Betty) Zapfe of Fishers, IN; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jeff “Hoot” Gibson of Nashville, TN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances Handt.

You are invited to view his video tribute after 4 p.m. Thursday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.


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