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Richard “Dick” Allen Zenge, 90, died Sept. 3, 2019, peacefully in his sleep in Ketchikan.
He was born to Esther and Henry Zenge on March 30, 1929, in Chillicothe, Illinois. His family eventually moved to Santa Rosa, California, where he met June King. They were married on April 25, 1954.
Mr. Zenge served in the U.S. Navy and then went to work as a telephone installer for the Bell Telephone System in California.
In 1965, Mr. Zenge and his family moved to Ketchikan, where he worked as an alarm specialist and volunteer firefighter. He later worked for Ketchikan Public Utilities as a telephone installer until his retirement in 1986.
Richard and June Zenge separated in 1992, and Mr. Zenge moved to Washington.
He married Kathy Hurm in 2014. Following her passing in 2016, he moved to Arizona to live with his oldest daughter, Shelly. In 2018, he returned to Ketchikan where he lived out the rest of his life. Mr. Zenge continued to travel between Washington, Alaska and Arizona.
Mr. Zenge enjoyed gardening, canning, making wooden toys and afghans for family members, and keeping up with friends worldwide through his Ham radio.
“He enjoyed his retirement and always had a project in the works,” his family writes.
Mr. Zenge was an avid bowler, and, once he retired, worked at the Ketchikan Entertainment Center where he coached the children’s bowling program.
“His highest score ever was a 299, which he bowled at the Ketchikan Entertainment Center,” his family writes. “He had 11 strikes in a row, but as more and more people moved to watch him, he ‘choked’ on his last ball and got only nine pins, which resulted in a score of 299! He was very proud of that score and bragged about it often!”
Mr. Zenge was preceded in death by his parents; wife, June; grandson, Neil Sunderlin; uncle, Martin Zenge; and second wife, Kathy Hurm.
He is survived by his children, Shelly (Doug) Boyd of Maricopa, Arizona, Janis (Kim) Wold of SeaTac, Washington, Dave (Judy) Zenge of Ketchikan, and Dona (Nolan) Reid of Juneau; step-children, Loretta (John) Tavares of Marysville, Washington, Wayne Hurm of Arizona and Tammy Hurm of Marysville, Washington; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
A celebration of Mr. Zenge’s life will be held at a later date.