ORD -- Otto Zapp, 86 of Ord died Tuesday (April 21, 2009) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Island.
He was born Aug, 26, 1922, at Worshach, Germany to Gustav and Hermine (Schehr) Zapp. At the age of two, the family immigrated to the United States. The family settled on a farm at Culbertson. He was raised in Culbertson where he received his education and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1940.
On Dec. 3, 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy. During World War II he served aboard a ship in the South Pacific which was involved in many major battles. At the end of the war he toured Tokyo and walk the streets of Nagasaki shortly after the atomic bombings. He was discharged from the Navy on Dec. 17, 1945.
On March 27, 1947, he married Lois Boyer in Oberlin. They made their home in Culbertson and Lexington. He attended and graduated the State Patrol Academy.
In May of 1950, they moved to Ord where he was a Highway Patrolman until 1966. At that time he went to work as a Livestock Nutritionist for Walnut Grove Feeds until retirement in 1984. His wife died Aug. 18, 2004. He remained in Ord until September of 2008, when he became a resident of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Grand Island.
He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church where he was a past elder and served in various other capacities. He also belonged to Good Sam's and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lois and one sister, Betty Stein.
Survivors include his son, Doug and wife, Donna Zapp of Broken Bow; daughter, Jan and husband, Tim Glendening of Ord; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Enid Zapp of McCook and Bob and Francis Zapp of Bridgeport; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren;
Funeral Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ord with the Rev. Kurtis Busskohl officiating military honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post 7029 and American Legion Post 38.
Following cremation, inurnment will be in the Fort McPherson Military Cemetery at Maxwell.
Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at Ord Memorial Chapel in Ord.
Memorials may be given to the Ord Senior Classics.
Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.