Lawrence A. Zingsheim

Lawrence A. Zingsheim, 73, of West Bend, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Samaritan Health Care Center.

Larry was born on July 3, 1935, in Theresa to Frank and Leona (nee Hartman) Zingsheim. He graduated from Mayville High School, class of 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1956 to 1958, and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., as a driver for Col. Gault from the headquarters company of Combat Engineers. After Larry returned home from his tour of duty, he worked for the West Bend Company. It was there he met his wife Ruth (nee Taylor). They were married on June 25, 1960, in West Bend. By 1965, he became an interstate truck driver for the West Bend Company. In 1989, he was named "Driver of the Year" by the Ryder Truck Company of Milwaukee. He was chosen from a field of approximately 500 professional drivers serving companies in the Milwaukee area. Larry was honored by the Ryder and West Bend Company officials. Larry retired from the West Bend Company in August 1997. Larry was a loyal and devoted husband to Ruth for 48 years, beloved and proud father, loving grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and also his dogs. His favorite pastimes were going up north, fishing, hunting, working on small engines and woodworking. He was a member of the Barton Sportsman Club, Moose Lodge West Bend and Holy Trinity Parish of Kewaskum.

Lawrence will be deeply missed by his wife, Ruth; children, Laura Richter of Slinger, Larry Jr. (Cindy) of Kewaskum and Jeffrey (Sharon) of Campbellsport. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Jena Marie and Jacob Ryan Richter and Samantha Jean Zingsheim; sister, Ruth Antonioni; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be on Monday, May 11, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with the Rev. Edwin Kornath officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday May 11, from 4 p.m. until time of service. Memorials are appreciated.

A special thank you to the Samaritan Health Care Center and the fourth floor staff, Cedar Community Hospice and Dr. Mian.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.