Kenneth A. Zorn

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

in 1944

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

lifelong friends.

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


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