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J Wesley "Wes" Zook, 93, passed on peacefully Sunday, March 11, at Cottage Garden, Goshen, with family by his side.
He was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Manitou Springs, Colorado, to J Kore and Ruth (Cooperider) Zook.
Wes was preceded in death by the love of his life, to whom he was married for 63 years, Mary Ruth Branz; son, John Paul Zook; and siblings, Alma Lais, Ethel Lais and Harold Zook.
Surviving family include children, Linda Zook, Estero, Florida, Brenda (Barbara Miller) Zook, Sarasota, Florida, and Becci (Steve) Woodward and Robert (Carolyn) Zook, both of Goshen; daughter-in-law, Katie Zook, Plano, Texas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his wife, Viola Bontrager Zook, Goshen; and siblings, Kathy Chambers, Goshen, Wilbur Zook, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Herbert Zook, Hesston, Kansas, and Irene Martin, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He worked at Greencroft, Goshen, for almost 40 years as buildings and grounds supervisor among other positions. Before that he was the campus plumber at Goshen College.
Wes was an Elkhart Township volunteer fireman for 26 years. He was a member of the Evening Exchange Club of Goshen and an active member of College Mennonite Church.
Wes and Mary enjoyed many summers fishing and boating at their place on Dewart Lake. He started a harmonica band at Greenroft Goshen while living at Oak Court. Following retirement, he played several times a week at different locations hoping to brighten someone's day. He continued to play until a month prior to his passing.
Friends may call Friday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
A 9 a.m. family prayer service will be conducted Saturday prior to burial at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
A memorial service will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in the College Mennonite Church sanctuary.
Memorials may be given to College Mennonite Church Jubilee Fund.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 13, 2018
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