Henry Vincent "Butch" Zappa, 86Henry Vincent "Butch" Zappa, 86, of North Hudson, passed away after battling cancer on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of Antonio and Susanna “Maria” (Dermo) Zappa on May 29, 1922, in North Hudson.
Henry Vincent "Butch" Zappa, 86, of North Hudson, passed away after battling cancer on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born the son of Antonio and Susanna “Maria” (Dermo) Zappa on May 29, 1922, in North Hudson.
He served in the 163rd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a purple heart for wounds sustained in the Philippines in 1945. Though he seldom spoke of his war experiences, he was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Butch spent his entire working life with the Omaha (later Chicago-St. Paul-Minneapolis Omaha) Railroad. He had a very sharp mind and could figure out how to repair or fix anything!
Butch loved being outdoors in nature, taking long walks along the river, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed animals and wildlife. He always had a pet rabbit, currently it is Peta.
Butch is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughter, Ruth (Charles) Ritzer of Stillwater; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Tony (Jane) Zappa of North Hudson; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gladys Welsh; parents; sisters, Theresa Zappa, Josephine Madden and Mary Febanske; brothers, James Zappa and Eugene “Julie” Zappa Sr.
A funeral service for Butch is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, with visitations one hour prior on Sunday and from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, all at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, (715) 386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.
Interment will be in the Houlton Cemetery.
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