Ronald J. Zahm
Ronald J. Zahm
  • April 18, 1929 - October 12, 2017
  • Lancaster, Ohio

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Ronald Joseph "Bud" Zahm 88, passed away Thursday October 12, 2017 at Fairfield Medical Center. Born a "Corn Husker" in Beatrice, Nebraska to the late Andrew and Agnus (Quinowski) Zahm. Bud decided to pursue a career in the United States Army. From Private in a Parachute Maintenance Battalion in 1947, to the end of a challenging career as a Colonel/Corps Adjutant General, followed with a tour on the Command Staff of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Bud literally saw it all. From many spots in the United States; in Japan; Germany; South Vietnam (final year in Vietnam as a Battalion Commander); Belgium and short stops to places in between including duty at the Pentagon. Bud was a Master Parachutist, a Russian Linguist, a Nuclear Weapons Delivery Specialist and a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff School. He also served as the Division Adjutant General in the 4th Armored in Germany and as Adjutant General with Task Force Oregon (Americal) in Vietnam. 30 military years, of which 17 were served overseas (4 in Vietnam). Following Bud's retirement in 1978 from the Army, he jumped into service with Optimist International and spent thirty plus more fun years working with Optimist Clubs so kids could play and grow safe. To quote an old soldier ... ''Now he hears the faint call of the bugle, the murmuring stutter of cannonade, the distant rattle of rifle fire."

Bud is survived by his wonderful wife and pal, Carol, whom he met while serving in Vietnam; his precious daughter, Laura, in California; a fantastic Step Son - USAF Veteran, and wife, Philip and Nora Eramo; beautiful sisters - (BFF) Rose Anne in Oregon, Dolores in Nebraska, Patricia in Kansas, and Cecilia in Mexico. and of course his brothers-in-law, Wayne Denney, Bill Callaway, Wally Graff, Edmundo Sandovar; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins scattered all around North America; Military friend, Colonel, Regular Army, Marvin Rosenstein.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille and brother-in-law, Henry Kauffman and Military Friend Lieutenant Colonel Ben E. Duhon'l.

Public graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday October 19, 2017 at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. No calling hours will be observed. Arrangements under the direction of Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home & Memorials, Lancaster, Ohio.