Andrew Paul Zingen, 103, of Jefferson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Rainbow Hospice.
Born on August 1, 1915, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, he was the son of Andrew and Pauline (Denk) Zingen. Andy spent his early years in both Milwaukee and Butternut, Wisconsin. His uncle, Father Alloycious Zingen, found him a job in Jefferson in 1935. Andy moved to Jefferson and lived the rest of his life there. He worked for 43 years at the former Schweiger Industries in Jefferson where he met the love of his life, Elsie E. (Brandt) Zingen. They were married on July 13, 1946, in Fort Atkinson. Elsie preceded him in death two days after their 68th wedding anniversary, on July 15, 2014. Andy served his country in the Air Force during World War 2. He was an avid baseball player and spent many years umpiring baseball after his playing days. Andy was a very social person, he could strike up a conversation with anyone, at any time and for any length of time. He was Cub Master of St. Mark's Lutheran Church Cub Scouts Pack 147. He and Elsie served as Queen and King of Gemuetlichkeit Days in Jefferson in 1976. He loved attending the many parades and representing Jefferson with the Gemuetlichkeit Days float for many years. Andy was a good dancer and loved dancing the polka, and almost every weekend, one could find him and Elsie at some dance hall doing what they loved. Andy also was a drafted craftsman, helping Elsie in making miniature furniture. Above all, Andy loved his family and enjoyed spending time with and doing things for his children and grandchildren.
Surviving are his three sons, Ron Zingen of Burlington, Randy (Laura) Zingen of Jefferson and Dennis Zingen of Eau Claire; one daughter, Sandy (Tim) Nemec of Menomonee Falls; three grandsons, Nicholas Zingen, Adam(Lindsay) and Greg Nemec; two granddaughters, Margaret Zingen and Stephanie (Riyad) Alabbasi; two great-granddaughters, Elsie Mlodzik and Lilly Nemec; two great-grandsons, Andrew and Brandon Nemec; one sister, Dorothy (Richard) Gitzlaff of Albuquerque; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, with the Rev. Jeanette Thorp officiating. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, February 5, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Atkinson.