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Charles Zinkhon

Charles Zinkhon

Charles “Chuck” Warren Zinkhon, 70, of Edwardville, IL; born October 22, 1942 in Peoria, IL; passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Chuck was the Director of Payroll for the Ralston Purina Company. He was a passionate fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and an avid lover of all sports.

He is preceded in death by his wife Diane, nee Mahan, Zinkhon whom he married on August 3, 1968 at St. John Lutheran Church in Baldwin, IL and who passed away on December 31, 1981. His parents John Casper and Ida Mae, nee Neill, Zinkhon. His mother-in-law Elvera Mahan.

He is survived by his children – Catherine Grace (Shane) Zinkhon-Matsumoto of Tempe, AZ; David Charles (Amy) Zinkhon of Poulsbo, WA. His significant other and partner in life and love Karen Trone and her son Mark (Toni) Trone of Boston, MA. His grandchildren – Grace and Elizabeth Zinkhon; Dharma and Zuzu Matsumoto; Jordan and Lily Trone. Sister – Jan (Phil) Brown of Orange, CA. Brother – Derek (Mona) Zinkhon of Gainesville, GA. His father-in-law Russell Mahan of New Athens, IL and brother-in-law Brian (Carol) Mahan.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 7:00pm.

Funeral: Graveside services will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 11:00am.

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  1. Administrator says:

    My best memory actually is of both your parents. It was right after my dad married your aunt jan. my new mom. Your mom made thee best Oreo ice cream cake I’ve EVER had till this day!! Your mom was fighting the cancer my mom had. I immediately felt connected. She was so nice to me. Your dad always had a quiet but funny sense of humor.
    My heart goes out to you and David.

    Posted by: Nicole Brown Tang – Mpls, MN – Jan’s daughter Jul 29, 2013

  2. Administrator says:

    I remember how he would smile and nod to acknowledge us when we’d rush down the hall in our giggly adolescent way… he was always there… a quiet constant in our teen and early adult years. He let us be as goofy, silly, serious, hyper, hysterical and outrageous as we wanted to be and he was always the same… Always mellow… he let us be who we needed to be in his quiet way. He didn’t let us get by

    … more

    Posted by: Tracey (Knebel) Larson – Liberty Lake, WA – Cathy’s friend Jul 29, 2013

  3. Administrator says:

    Chuck always had that endearing smile. He was a man of few words, but held family in great importance. We will miss you.

    Posted by: Dale (Junge) Giannatasio – Oak Island, NC – Cousin through marriage Jul 29, 2013

  4. Administrator says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Chuck – to Karen, David & Cathy – he was my boss at Ralston & a very good man – you have my sympathy.

    Posted by: Marge Becker – Marine, IL – My boss at Ralston Purina Jul 29, 2013

  5. Administrator says:

    I love the picture of your dad on here. I remember that smile as I drove by your house and he would wave or the many times I spent at your house growing up. Thinking of you all.

    Posted by: Beret Vukson – East Alton, IL – Friend if Cathy’s Jul 29, 2013

  6. Administrator says:

    I worked with Chuck during some of his years at Purina. He was always a joy to work with and even when problems occured, he maintained a calm head and helped work through the issue. I so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you.

    Posted by: Carmen Perkins – Belleville, IL – Former co-worker Jul 29, 2013

  7. Administrator says:

    Chuck was a very special friend when I was growing up in New Athens. I have special memories of our childhood. My wife and I want to send our heartfelt sympathy to all of his family.
    Harry Beadle

    Posted by: Harry Beadle – Walnut Creek, CA – Classmate in New Athens Jul 29, 2013

  8. Administrator says:

    Cathy & David,

    Your dear mother was my best friend. Your Dad helped us with our tases for years. We enjoyed countless hours playing cards and visiting. When I was providing child care for the two of you I felt your mothers presence when you were here playing.

    I often think of your fathers birthday celebration that first year after your mother’s death. The two of you helped bake the cake. Chuck came from work. Jack had a

    … more

    Posted by: John & Marilyn McCall – Highland, IL – Chuck & Diane’s friends Jul 31, 2013

  9. Administrator says:

    Our prayers are with you.

    Posted by: Paul Pitts – Edwardsville, IL Aug 02, 2013

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