Kenneth Arthur Zorn, 92, Phillips, found his peace on Saturday, November 9,
2019, at the Northern Lights Healthcare Center, Washburn, WI.
He was born on November 13, 1926, in Elkhart Lake, WI, the son of Arthur J.
and Martha E. (Hoehl) Zorn. He spent his early life in southeastern
Wisconsin and Illinois before his family settled in Catawba, WI, in the
1930's to operate a cheese factory. He graduated from Phillips High School
He married the love of his life Mary Lou Young on February 3, 1951, at St.
Patrick's Church in Phillips. They resided in Phillips and enjoyed 65 years
together until Mary Lou's passing on September 23, 2016.
He started his career as a cheesemaker in the family business while in high
school. He later moved to Superior, WI, where he worked for Eddie's Bakery.
He entered the military in 1949, serving in the U.S. Army, 5th Army Area
Headquarters at Fort Knox, KY.
He returned to his home in Catawba in 1950 and again worked in the family
cheese factory. He and his brothers eventually took over the business from
their parents and operated it as the Catawba Cheese Factory until 1985. He
and Mary Lou also owned and operated Surety Abstract Co. in Phillips.
After his retirement, he and Lou enjoyed spending the winter months on
Florida's Gulf Coast where they met many wonderful friends. They also
enjoyed spending as much time as possible with their families in various
parts of the country.
He enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams including the Packers,
Badgers, and Brewers, and traveling to San Francisco to take in Giants
games. He particularly enjoyed celebrating or cursing the results of the
latest Packers game with his special niece Mary Kay Young. He enjoyed
playing golf but was happiest when he was fishing on Long Lake or pulling
his grandkids behind "Grandpa's fast boat."
Nothing brought him more joy or was more important to him than his family.
He was an understanding and kind-hearted son, husband, father,
father-in-law, grandpa, great-grandpa, and uncle. He provided patient
counsel and unwavering support to his family at all times. He greatly
cherished his grandchildren and enthusiastically supported them in all of
their endeavors. His home was open to all. He warmly and graciously
welcomed friends from near and far.
His unconditional love and support for his family and his kindness to all
will be his lasting legacy. He will be deeply missed by his family and many
He was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, Phillips, and of
the Knights of Columbus Fr. John Patrick Slowey Council 2963. He served on
the Phillips City Council, was a member and officer of the Phillips Lions
Club, and served as President of the local American Field Service chapter,
welcoming 1968-69 foreign exchange student Elias Antonio Yunes from Brazil
as another son and later mentoring other exchange students at Phillips High
He is survived by three sons: Daniel K. (Hazel) Zorn, Oklahoma City, OK,
Thomas M. (Marcos Cruz) Zorn, San Francisco, CA, and James E. (Rebecca
Campbell) Zorn, Ashland, WI; by four grandchildren: Paul (Jennifer), Graham
(Erika), Philip (Brigette), and Rachel (Karthik); by three
great-grandchildren: Savannah Mary Lou, Zachary, and Fiona; by
sisters-in-law Louise Zorn, Marion Young, and Caryl A. Young; and by many
cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Lou, his two brothers
Leslie Zorn and Niles Zorn, and one sister Arlene (Zorn) Greismeyer.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019,
at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, Phillips, with Father Madanu
Lourdu Raju officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery,
Phillips. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of
The family suggests sending memorial contributions in Ken's honor to the
American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.
The Heindl Funeral Home, Phillips, is assisting the family with the
Online condolences may be expressed at www.heindlfuneralhome.com.