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MAY 20, 1917 -- NOV. 13, 2004

A service for Robert F. Zeck, a retired steelworker and World War II veteran, was held today in South Park United Methodist Church.

Mr. Zeck, of Buffalo, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 87.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he attended Scranton schools, where he learned German. His knowledge of the language earned him a job as an Army interpreter in Germany during the latter stages of the war.

Mr. Zeck worked at Bethlehem Steel's open hearth furnace in Lackawanna from his arrival in Buffalo in 1951 until he retired in 1978. He was a 53-year member of South Park United Methodist, where he sang in the choir and was a Methodist lay speaker.

He was a past president of the South Buffalo Ecumenical Association and South Buffalo Community Table. He was a member of Hamburg Post 527, American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, the former Helen Brown; two sons, Robin of West Seneca and Ronald of New York City; a sister, Louise Martarana of Scranton; and four grandchildren.


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