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“Dear Family, I was shocked and deeply saddened about your loss. Please know that you Marion family is praying for you. Kathy Finger ”
1 of 89 | Posted by: Kathy Finger - Nichols, SC

“The service yesterday was so touching... it is clear how much Jake meant to all his family and friends and how dearly he will be missed. I only had...Read More »
2 of 89 | Posted by: Christy Altman - Charlotte, NC

“So sorry for the loss of your beloved son in law. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Diana Rubinger ”
3 of 89 | Posted by: Diana Rubinger - Columbia, SC

“Thinking of you and your family at this time of loss. I do not have words to express my sorry for you and your family ”
4 of 89 | Posted by: LARRY K. STONE - Lexington, KY

“Deepest sympathy is extended to Erin and her family and the family of her husband. ”
5 of 89 | Posted by: Garry Wooten - Columbia, SC

“May God's peace overwhelm you in this time. I am sorry ”
6 of 89 | Posted by: Jonathan Evans - Lexington, SC

“Robert, Terri and family, I am so sorry for your lose. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Holly Monroe ”
7 of 89 | Posted by: Holly Monroe - columbia, SC

“Erin, my deepest sympathies to you, Jack and Keri Lynn. I will always remember Jake as a smiling, loving man who adored you. Jake was a joy to be...Read More »
8 of 89 | Posted by: Jessica Jordan

“I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I know how close you all are, and I know that this closeness, the love of family and friends, and the...Read More »
9 of 89 | Posted by: Niels Taylor - Honolulu, HI

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I was working the Rock N' Roll Marathon the day that he...Read More »
10 of 89 | Posted by: Courtney Cox - Savannah, GA

“So sorry to hear of your loss:( May the Lord surround you all with His peace, comfort and love. ”
11 of 89 | Posted by: Laai Sturgeon - Columbia, SC

“Robert and Teri,We are so sorry to learn about the loss of Jake, we don't understand these things. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your...Read More »
12 of 89 | Posted by: Tommy Takach - Chapin, SC

“Dear Robert and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God fill your hearts with peace beyond understanding. Evelyn and Russell...Read More »
13 of 89 | Posted by: Evelyn Bickley - Lexington, SC

“I grew up with Jake and played soccer with him at Dreher. He was fun to be around and always seemed to make everyone laugh and have a good time. ...Read More »
14 of 89 | Posted by: Eric Hossenlopp - Raleigh, NC

“The 23rd Psalm. ”
15 of 89 | Posted by: Max Sellers - Dawson, GA - friend

“Our neighborhood lost someone special. We will always remember how much he cared about our safety. He loved his family, and we will miss him very...Read More »
16 of 89 | Posted by: Jiles and Michelle Bishop - SC

“Robert & Family; I was shocked and devastated to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find the strength you need...Read More »
17 of 89 | Posted by: Brian Goff - Columbia, SC

“Erin, We wives often wonder what our husband's were like at the workplace. Jake spoke very highly of you - always. His love for you and Jackie...Read More »
18 of 89 | Posted by: Andrea Shull - Columbia, SC

“Please accept our deepest sympathy to the Zeman and Middlebrooks family. I know that God will shed his his blessings on all of you. Our Prayers are...Read More »
19 of 89 | Posted by: Bruce and Beth Jacky - Lexington, SC

“He will be missed so by all his co-workers... Prayers for you all! ”
20 of 89 | Posted by: Kim

“Robert,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy, Darcy ”
21 of 89 | Posted by: Darcy Walsh

“Thinking and praying for you and your family. ”
22 of 89 | Posted by: Jennifer Smith

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I cant seem to forget Jake's award winning smile and his witty charm! Thoughts and Prayers Flenniken...Read More »
23 of 89 | Posted by: Alex Flenniken - lexington, SC

“Erin, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that we are keeping you, Jack and your family in our thoughts today and in the weeks...Read More »
24 of 89 | Posted by: Rachel

“Jake worked at a temp position for me when he was looking for his true calling and attending USC. We all were Gamecocks so we supported the same team...Read More »
25 of 89 | Posted by: Sheryl Ridgeway - Gaston, SC

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. We have wonderful memories of Jake as a youngster and grewing into a handsome and caring man. Our...Read More »
26 of 89 | Posted by: Dr Dorothy Park and Staff

“From the first time I ever saw Jake come in to our office at Dr. Park's I fell in love with this young man. He was a joy to see every year til he...Read More »
27 of 89 | Posted by: MARY SALLEY - COLUMBIA

“Erin, I have you and you're entire family in my prayers. May you feel peace through God's ever present love. I am so very sorry for your loss. My...Read More »
28 of 89 | Posted by: Mary Crantford Marchand - LA

“Robert, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your entire family in my prayers. May God bring you comfort. Patricia ”
29 of 89 | Posted by: Patricia Turner - Lexington, SC

“As a fellow runner of the RnR marathon series and crossing the start line along with many runners, including Mr. Zeman this was a devastating news....Read More »
30 of 89 | Posted by: Kimberly Bruce - Osteen, FL

“Robert and Terri, there are no words that can answer the 'why' of life's challenges such as this. I can tell you that my prayers and my family's...Read More »
31 of 89 | Posted by: Bob Gillmann - Lexington, SC

“I was so sorry to hear of Jake's passing. He was a kind, gentle soul who will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew him. Deepest Sympathies to...Read More »
32 of 89 | Posted by: Kacee Parker Lominack - SC

“Terri, We were so very saddened to hear of your unimaginable loss. From the many times your mother talked about Jake I know he was a fine young man...Read More »
33 of 89 | Posted by: Becky McCormack - Lexington, SC

“Brandy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray that God comforts you and your family during this time. ”
34 of 89 | Posted by: LeCinda Jennings - Columbia, SC

“Brandy and Tommy we so sorry for your loss. We will all of your family in our prayers. Rick and Cathy Stork ”
35 of 89 | Posted by: Rick Stork - Columbia, SC

“I am so sorry to hear about Jake's passing. I have fond memories of him and Coach Zeman from baseball. Jake was a great guy and will be missed. Best...Read More »
36 of 89 | Posted by: Judd Kinzley - old friend

“Erin, Words cannot express how sorry I am about your loss. I am keeping you, Jack, and your family in my prayers. ”
37 of 89 | Posted by: Heather Tanner

“So very sorry to hear about Jake and keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
38 of 89 | Posted by: Wes Sutton - Boiling Springs, SC

“Keri,You and I were just talking about how important it is to tell and show our family how much we love them. The way you talked about your brother,...Read More »
39 of 89 | Posted by: Sharon Keefe - Columbia, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Martha Nelson and David ”
40 of 89 | Posted by: Martha Altman Davis - Greer, SC

“Terri and Robert, I am truly heart broken over the tragic loss of your son, Jake. I cannot possibly imagine the pain you and the rest of the family...Read More »
41 of 89 | Posted by: Tom Quattlebaum - Columbia, SC

“Erin, I have you, Jack and the whole family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love; Aunt Pearl and Doug Spires ”
42 of 89 | Posted by: Shirley and Doug Spires - SC

“Erin, I am thinking of you during this difficult time. May family and friends help you pull through this for you and Jack. ”
43 of 89 | Posted by: Erin Miller Baugh - MEMPHIS, TN

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Zeman and Middlebrooks families. Tommy always speaks lovingly of his children's families. Please know that you...Read More »
44 of 89 | Posted by: Don and Joanna Leonard - NC

“May the peace that is from God that defies all understanding and knowledge be upon you through the Holy Spirit and give you the strength that will be...Read More »
45 of 89 | Posted by: Patrick Sallings - Columbia, SC

“Words can't truly express or do justice for my memory of Jake or the memories that he will leave behind in all the people that were lucky enough to...Read More »
46 of 89 | Posted by: Scott Tackett - Columbia, SC

“Robert our hearts go out to your family and you in this most difficult time in your lives. Know that we are praying for your family and you and are...Read More »
47 of 89 | Posted by: Dick Wilkins Sr, Dick Wilkins Jr, Meg Collins - SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with The Zeman & Middlebrooks Family. As you share your stories and memories of how he lived his life and how much he...Read More »
48 of 89 | Posted by: Mike Smith - Columbia, SC

“It has been a lifetime since I have seen the Zeman family, but I have yet to forget their love of a good game and their All American lifestyle. They...Read More »
49 of 89 | Posted by: Meagan C. Jones - columbia, SC

“Erin, Please know that we are thinking about you constantly and praying for God to wrap his arms around you and give you peace. I also thank God...Read More »
50 of 89 | Posted by: Jenny Bowers - Chapin, SC

“I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. "What we have once enjoyed, we can...Read More »
51 of 89 | Posted by: Joel Sager - Bethel Park, PA

“ROBERT,TERRI,KERILYN ERIN & JACKWE ALL LOVED JAKE SO MUCH AND WORDS ARE HARD TO FIND TO EXPRESS WHAT A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY THIS IS. THERE COULD NOT HAVE...Read More »
52 of 89 | Posted by: PAT ZEMAN BETHEA - FLORENCE, SC

“Jake was a all around good guy. ”
53 of 89 | Posted by: Marion Morris - Columbia, SC

“Dear Zeman Family, Jake and I were classmates at Meadowfield and again at Dreher. He was always very nice and polite. He was always smiling and to...Read More »
54 of 89 | Posted by: Jamie Price Denard - Columbia, SC

“To the Zeman Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Your loss is great. May the peace of God sustain you and...Read More »
55 of 89 | Posted by: Cheryl Reeder - Columbia, SC

“Robert, My deepest sympathy for you and your family for your loss. I know what Jake meant to you,and I will continue to pray that God provides...Read More »
56 of 89 | Posted by: Sylvia Scott - Columbia, SC

“Zeman Family, My condolences and sincere sympathy in your time of grief. My memories are of Jake when I coached baseball at Caughman Road. He was...Read More »
57 of 89 | Posted by: Jim Morris - Columbia, SC

“So sorry to hear. Jake was as classy and cool as they come. When i moved from Lower Richland to Dreher...He took me under his wing. Showed be how to...Read More »
58 of 89 | Posted by: Nick Norman

“Robert and Terri - my heart and prayers go to you and your family. You raised a fine young man who truly loved his family. ”
59 of 89 | Posted by: Lisa Royster - Columbia, SC

“God's peace. ”
60 of 89 | Posted by: Catherine and Gines Perez

“To Jake's Family and Friends, You can trust God to be as generous to Jake as Jake was always generous with his time and compassion towards others. ...Read More »
61 of 89 | Posted by: Bill Pawley - Columbia, SC

“Dear Erin, Brandi, Tommy and Neely, I am so sorry to learn of Jake's passing. I know that he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. I pray...Read More »
62 of 89 | Posted by: Diane Harrill - Columbia, SC

“You'll always be remembered as a great and kind person. I enjoyed my time with you over the last 30 years. You'll truly be missed. ”
63 of 89 | Posted by: Jon Jones

“Robert and Terri, Tina and I are praying for the Lord to help you deal with this great, great loss. I didn't know Jake, but he appears to be one who...Read More »
64 of 89 | Posted by: Bob and Tina Auman - Blythewood, SC

“I just wanted to pass on my heartfelt condolenses and let you know you (Robert) and your family are in my prayers. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. ”
65 of 89 | Posted by: john sachs - charlotte, NC

“I did not know Jake personally but to hear of his passing pains me deeply. As a fellow runner I understand the hard work and passion that goes into...Read More »
66 of 89 | Posted by: Justin Bell - Greenville, SC

“Keri, May God grant you and your family comfort during this difficult time. My prayers are with you and your family. ”
67 of 89 | Posted by: Andrea Cannon - Irmo, SC

“Coach Zeman - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May the Lord provide strength and peace that...Read More »
68 of 89 | Posted by: Daniel Crowson - Lexington, SC

“Zeman family, I'm sorry for the loss of Jake, though I never personally met him, he was, and still is a good man. I just saw him at Facilites...Read More »
69 of 89 | Posted by: Tripp Neal - Gaston, SC

“We will miss Jake and his infectious smile...our prayers are with his family. ”
70 of 89 | Posted by: Gene and Kate Anderton

“I will miss you Jake. With your office being right next to mine I have come to know you quite well. Being one of the most polite and respectful ...Read More »
71 of 89 | Posted by: Lind Jackson - Leesville, SC

“Prayers go out to the family of this young man. May God wrap you in His embrace and comfort you. ”
72 of 89 | Posted by: Robin Kyzer

“Jake was without a doubt, an amazing individual and as down to earth as they come. Uncle Robert, aunt Terri, Keri Lynn, Erin & sweet Jack ..I love...Read More »
73 of 89 | Posted by: Ann zeman Skorput - Marion, SC

“Zeman family - So sorry to hear about Jake. I remember him as just a little boy at Asbury. Hope to make it to the funeral. My prayers are with...Read More »
74 of 89 | Posted by: angie duffie - columbia, SC

“My heart is broken. Jake you were the sweetest and most gentle child and man that I have ever known. You will be missed by all of us. Your smile...Read More »
75 of 89 | Posted by: Aunt Eleanore - Myrtle Beach, SC

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Jake since highschool. He is one of the sweetest guys I know and was born into the nicest family. My heart goes...Read More »
76 of 89 | Posted by: Artana Mooney - columbia, SC

“Coach Zeeman my heart goes out to you. jake was such a wonderful guy I just remember all the good times we spent on the ball field all those summers...Read More »
77 of 89 | Posted by: Kevin Roach - Atlanta, GA

“RIP Jake. Friday night LaBrasca's and Putt Putt, playing baseball all day, listening to music, silver dollar pancakes at Matt's house, college...Read More »
78 of 89 | Posted by: Shawn Kody Harris - Naples, FL

“No words can express the sadness and despair we are living during this most difficult time. Jake is and has always been one of the brightest lights...Read More »
79 of 89 | Posted by: Aunt Jody and Uncle Harry - SC

“I have been praying for your family since the race. I was not fortunate to have known Jake. I was racing that day and prayed for him after seeing him...Read More »
80 of 89 | Posted by: Nicole Beckum - martinez, GA

“I had the privilege of getting to know Jake at Allen Tate when he joined the Marketing Department. Such a kind, genuinely nice person and so talented...Read More »
81 of 89 | Posted by: Diane Wise

“Robert and Terri ... Judy and I continue to pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time. You are in our daily prayers and may the Lord stay...Read More »
82 of 89 | Posted by: Tom and Judy Welsh - SC

“To the family and friends of Jake, I offer my deepest sympathies. I met Jake when I hired him a few years ago for a real estate marketing job in...Read More »
83 of 89 | Posted by: Gene McQueen - Charlotte, NC

“So sorry to here of this tragic loss. Jake was one of the nicest guys we have ever had the joy of knowing. All of you are in our prayers. ”
84 of 89 | Posted by: Jimmy Castellano and Family

“Outpouring love to you all during this time. Prayers today and in the future. May God comfort your hearts and be with you in the days ahead. Jake...Read More »
85 of 89 | Posted by: Rick and Kim Poston - SC - Cousin

“So sorry to hear about this. Jake was one of the most outgoing and uplifting personalities I ever met. From 10 years old and the Sports Trophy days...Read More »
86 of 89 | Posted by: Michelle and Derek Bridges - SC

“Robert, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I hope you are able to find comfort in your memories and the support of your friends and...Read More »
87 of 89 | Posted by: Bob Frazee - Westminster, MD

“We are so very sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength to get through this tough time. Please let us...Read More »
88 of 89 | Posted by: Mary Caroline Castellano

“My thoughts and prayers are with all the members of the Zeman and Middlebrooks families. May the knowledge that so very many people love you and...Read More »
89 of 89 | Posted by: Betsy Dunbar Sawyer - Columbia, SC


ROBERT JACOB (JAKE) ZEMAN
COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Robert Jacob (Jake) Zeman, 35, will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Shandon United Methodist Church with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Robert Jacob (Jake) Zeman was born on November 10, 1977. He was the loving husband of Erin Middlebrooks Zeman and the adoring father of Jackson Robert Zeman. On November 9, 2013, after running the race of his life, the Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon, Jake suddenly collapsed due to an unsuspected heart condition. As always, Erin was right by his side to let him know he was her hero.
Jake graduated from Dreher High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from the College of Charleston. With his God-given talent, he could draw anything, but his most favorite was drawing portraits.
In June 2009, he met Erin, the love of his life. They were married on March 13, 2010. They chose to make their home in Columbia where they could share all of their many joys with their family and friends. They welcomed their beautiful son Jack on February 9, 2011.
A friend to many, Jake was a kind and gentle man and was always eager to please those he knew and loved. He was employed by the University of South Carolina Facilities Planning and Programming office as an information resource consultant. Together with his parents, sister, Erin and Jack, he proudly supported Carolina and the Gamecocks.
In 2012, with Erin cheering him on from the sidelines, he ran the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC. He had discovered his passion for running and began training for the Rock N Roll Marathon. He was in the best shape of his life and had the support of his family and friends all around him. What Jake cared about most were his wife and son. His family and friends were a close second.
Jake was predeceased by his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. F.T. Zeman, and Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Clegg; cousins Allison Clegg and Luke Comer.
In addition to Erin and Jack, Jake is survived by his parents, Robert and Terri; his sister whom he adored, Keri Lynn Zeman; aunts, uncles, and cousins; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tommy and Brandy Middlebrooks; his sister –in-law and brother-in-law, Neely and Dwight Cathcart and their children, Emma Heyward and Brooks; additional family and friends acquired through marriage; his dog, Mick; and many friends all of whom will miss him more than words could ever express.
Memorials may be made to Merrill Lynch, c/o Jan Middlebrooks for Erin and Jack, 1224 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201.