Charles W. “Chuck” Zastrow


Charles W. “Chuck” Zastrow of West Bend went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2010, at his residence at the age of 87.


Chuck was born on April 29, 1922, to Emil and Elizabeth (nee Lueck) in Hartford. Chuck and his mother operated Zastrow’s Eat Shoppe for four years, and after WWII, operated the same restaurant with his wife, Edythe. He was employed at the West Bend Aluminum Company for 34 years as a development engineer, retiring at 62. He married Edythe Weiss on Dec. 5, 1943.

PFC Zastrow served in the US Army in WWII in General Patton’s 3rd Army, 80th Division, 317th Infantry Division in northern France, Rhineland, as a 30 cal. heavy machine gunner. His citations include Combat Infantry badge, Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

Chuck was a charter member of the American Legion, Sgt. Henry F. Gumm Post #486 and a life member of the VFW Fred A. Schaefer Post #1393 of West Bend having served as commander for three years.

Chuck is survived by his devoted and loving wife Edythe (nee Weiss); children Charles R. (Jennette) Zastrow of Milwaukee, Craig (Becky) Zastrow of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jay (Debbie) Zastrow of Casper, Wyoming; grandchildren Nicole (Aaron) Rudolph, Jeremiah (Amy) Zastrow, and Matthew, Lauren and Allison Zastrow.

A memorial service for Chuck will be held at a later time.

The Phillip Funeral home of West Bend is assisting the family. 338-2050. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

Our married life has been a blessed one in that we had many loving friends and many good times. Our three children and their families have made us most proud and appreciative of their having us.

In conclusion, I take this opportunity to personally thank all who contributed to my up-bringing, to furthering my educational knowledge, and to those who have made my life the fruitful and eventful life it has been. God bless you all!

–Chuck