William "Bill" Lee Zorn | 1945 - 2009 | Obituary

William "Bill" Lee Zorn
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William "Bill" Lee Zorn

Born: April 27, 1945
Died: January 15, 2009

William Lee "Bill" Zorn, 63, of Oshkosh, died early Thursday morning, January 15, 2009, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 19, 2009, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oshkosh with Jerry Smith and Craig Embree officiating. Interment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.

Memorials may be made in Bill's name.

Holechek Funeral Home & Cremations in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.

William Lee “Bill” Zorn was born on April 27, 1945, in Oshkosh, Neb., the youngest child of John and June (Jensen) Zorn. Bill attended the Oshkosh Grade School and graduated from Garden County High School.

When Bill was a young boy, he was a very good tap-dancer and preformed in several programs. He enjoyed sports but he loved farming and acquired his first tractor before the age of 20.

Bill married Barbara Tophoj on December 14, 1966 in Torrington, Wyo. and to this union two children were born, Jolene and Scott. Bill farmed and ranched in Garden County his entire life. He was a member of the Garden County School Board for 15 years. Bill was also a member of the Garden County Church of Christ in Oshkosh and had a strong faith in God.

Bill dearly loved his family and enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren as they went through school.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Zorn of Oshkosh; daughter, Jolene and husband Dave Dodge of Strasburg, CO; son, Scott Zorn and wife Tiffany of Lisco; grandchildren, Dustin, Jordan and Taylor Ann Dodge all of Strasburg, CO, and Michael, Mason and Mallory Zorn all of Lisco; mother-in-law, Betty Tophoj of Oshkosh; two sisters, Laurine Murrell of Bridgeport and Sharon Paulsen of Oshkosh; sisters-in-law, Rosie Zorn, Geraldine Zorn, DeEtta and husband Bob Swanson, Mary Lou White all of Oshkosh, and Lynette and husband Marvin Brown of Gering; and a brother-in-law, George Zoucha of Big Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Glen, Stanley, Jack, and Bud Zorn; and four sisters, Jean and Mary Zorn, Carol Campbell, and Donna Zoucha; brothers-in-law, Punchy Murrell, Vic Campbell, Rod Paulsen, Lamont Tophoj, and Glen Schwartz; and his father-in-law, Erwin Tophoj.

*The photo above is Bill harvesting his wheat field at sunset.

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