Butler County Times Gazette
  • Obituary: Joe Thomas 'Tom' Zinn III

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  • Joe Thomas "Tom" Zinn III, 59, Augusta, left this world peacefully Sunday, Aug. 9, 2012.
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at LakePoint, 901 LakePoint, Augusta.
    Tom was born in Oklahoma City on Sept. 8, 1952 to the late Marilynn Rae (McCoy) Zinn and Joe Thomas Zinn Jr.
    He graduated from Augusta High School in 1970 and attended Butler Community College. He joined the National Guard in 1972 and served six years.
    He was married to Rhonda Ewalt on Aug. 8, 1972. He was a carpet layer for 15 years, worked in construction, and owned and operated Tom's Home Care for 20 years. He was also a carpenter and craftsman and took pride in building and restoring furniture.
    He loved music and would often sing a line or two from a song that fit the activity at hand, always surprising someone.
    He started racing remote control cars in the mid 80's. He continued racing for several years with a group of friends who formed the Acorn Racing Team, traveling in the Midwest area racing competitively.
    Tom is survived by: his wife, Rhonda, of the home; his son, Pvt Joe Thomas Zinn IV of the United States Army, Ft. Stewart, Ga.; his father, Joe (Marilyn) Zinn Jr., Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Karren (Mike) Zinn Herman, Tucson, Ariz. and Shannon Billingsley Land, Holdrege, Neb; brothers, Larry (Kathy) Zinn, Dallas, Texas, and Mark (Cathryn) Zinn, Eagle Point, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Joe Zinn Memorial Fund, in care of Dunsford Funeral Home.
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