Edwin Cyril "Ed" Zoll
1924 - 2015
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June 30, 1924 ~ August 25, 2015

Edwin C. Zoll of Vancouver, Washington was born June 30, 1924 and passed away August 25, 2015 from congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and many serious complications. Ed had been ill for many years; however, on April 15, 2015 his health took a turn for the worse with five long term stays at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center. On August 7th Ed was transferred to Vancouver Home Care and Comfort Care located in Salmon Creek Washington where he passed away.
Edwin was born in Tell City, Indiana to Edwin Theopolis Zoll and Sarah Chrystal (Pyle) Zoll. Ed grew up in Tell City, graduating from Tell City High School. Upon graduating he joined the U.S. Army on March 31, 1943. He proudly served his country until December 14, 1946 as a Master Sergeant / First Sergeant. He continued to serve his country as a Master Sergeant / First Sergeant in the Indiana Army National Guard from May 9, 1955 to May 21, 1962. Edwin married Anna June Zoll on August 17, 1946 and together they raised five children. Following his discharge from the National Guard they moved to Klamath, California, but returned back to his home town of Tell City, Indiana. In 1962 Edwin and Anna moved to Vancouver, Washington where he worked for C.E. John Company as a Property Manager for more than 23 years while attending Clark College. Being raised on a farm in the Midwest gave Ed the foundation and taught him the true meaning of 'work ethic'. In 1996 Ed lost his wife, Anna June Zoll. Ed was a member of numerous organizations. He had a lifetime membership with the VFW and Disabled Veterans; he belonged to the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
On March 14, 1997 Edwin remarried. He married Lois Elaine Smith of Vancouver, Washington. They were married at St. Michael the Archangel Church located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Through Lois Elaine Ed became involved as a volunteer for the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization. All contestants loved Ed and he soon earned the nickname of "Uncle Ed". This nickname was given to him from one of the contestants they had taken under their wings. Ed and Lois Elaine loved giving back to the community and each year during the holidays they made 550 pounds of fudge.
Ed and Lois Elaine enjoyed 18 years at their winter home in Mesa, Arizona and when they weren't enjoying the sun in Mesa you could find them sitting on the back deck of their beautiful Lake View Estates home overlooking the Vancouver Lake, the Columbia River and the Port of Vancouver. Ed loved a good conversation, watching the ships come in and out of the port and hitting golf balls off the deck with his two dear friends. In Ed's spare time, he enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, golf and traveling.
Edwin C. Zoll is survived by his wife, Lois Elaine; his son Edwin James Zoll, San Antonio, TX; his daughter Kathleen L (Dennis) Godsil, Vancouver, WA; three step-daughters Nancy (Ed) Eckert, Jasper, Indiana, Marilyn Kincaid, Vancouver, WA and Judith Quick, Vancouver, WA; three sisters Caroline Ballman, Tell City, IN; Sylvia Harpenaw, Sellersburg, IN and Martha Buechlein, Jasper, IN; three brothers the late Pete Zoll, Cannelton, IN; James Zoll, Lexington, KY and Earl Zoll, Sarasota, FL; 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. Ed also had 46 nieces and nephews across the United States of America.
Funeral Mass for Edwin will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 2nd at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church located at 4723 North West Franklin Street; Vancouver, Washington. A recital of the Rosary will precede the Mass at 10:00 AM. The family invites you to join them for a luncheon immediately following the services at the church.
There will be a private full military service for family only at Willamette National Cemetery located in Portland, Oregon.
Lois Elaine and the family would like to add special thank you's to: Oscar Zepeda, MD; Doctor Susan S. Rose; Sandford Plant, MD; Gary A. Smith, MD of Mesa, AS; Ed's special caregivers; dear friends and neighbors; Jay Morin, Referral Manager of Pacific Specialty & Rehabilitative Center; Elizabeth Firstenburg, Physical Therapist; Mark Matthias; Peter George; Cindy Donowitz; Jennifer RN; Janice RN; Jacquelyn Sue and Phillip from Atlanta, GA; and Rev. Gwendolyn J. Morgan the Spiritual Care Director for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
The following special memorials have been set-up in Edwin's name if you would like to make a donation:
Washington Scholarship Foundation
In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll
Attention: Fianna Dickson, Treasurer
3723 East 37th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99223. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington
Clinton and Gloria John Club
Bringing Neuroscience to Club
In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll
1111 Main Street - Suite 605, Vancouver, WA 98660.
Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation Legacy Health
In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll
PO Box 5245, Vancouver, WA 98668.
Missionary Oblates, Your Lourdes Prayer Candle
In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll
9480 North DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL 62223-1160.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 28, 2015.
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September 5, 2015
Expressing sincerest condolence to Lois Elaine, Ed's family and his many life-long friends. He was a remarkable gentleman; kind, generous, thoughtful, sincere, and always good-natured. I will miss his jolly smile, twinkling eyes, and adoration for everyone he met.
A Hoff
August 31, 2015
Kathleen just wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your father. I don't know if you remember me or not. We went to school together at St. Pauls' I Tell City. I just saw your dad's obituary in the Tell City, News. Again so sorry to hear of your loss.
Lana Labhart Poole
August 31, 2015
Such a beautiful tribute for a truly beautiful man. He personified all that made him one of the "Greatest Generation".
I will miss his enthusiasm and his love of life. May God comfort you, Lois Elaine. You have been a loving, caring companion for many years.
Kathi Wiley Gladson
August 31, 2015
Ed will be missed by all that knew him. He was a great neighbor for many years and his smile will not be forgotten.
Bob and Edith Cano
August 30, 2015
I always enjoyed having Mr. Zoll as a guest at the Quay Restaurant.May he rest in peace.
Mary Imbelloni
August 30, 2015
Goodbye for now Grandpa. Please kiss Grandma for me as you 2 are reunited. I have fondest memories of all the fun times you gave to us.
I love you
Carrie Gibson
August 29, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
connie schreiber
August 29, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
~ Psalm 46:1
August 28, 2015
Ed was a very thoughtful and caring person. He was always concerned about others and doing what he could for them. Do to a doctor appointment, I will not be able to attend the service.
Vernon Peterson
August 28, 2015
I will never forget his joy, his smile, and his laugh.
Joan Hagy
August 28, 2015
Prayers and Blessings to you Kathy, Dennis Ann,Sarah,and Patrick, and to all of the Zoll family.
Marty LeMaster
August 28, 2015
So many memories of my grandpa!! My life was better because he was in it. I'm grateful my son had the chance to know his great-grandpa too! He owns a special piece of my heart and I'll never forget him. I love you grandpa!
Anne Friesz
August 28, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lois Elaine and family.
Shirley Gross
August 28, 2015
Dear Lois Elaine,
Sending love & condolences to you and your family.
Ron & Donna Frasier
August 28, 2015
So many great memories that include time spent with grandpa & grandma as a child from camping, Canada trip, picnics and of course all the family gatherings where even as a child he had us laughing. Such a great spirit and a joy to be around. I love him dearly and will miss him greatly. Thank you for wonderful memories.
Jeanine Washington
August 28, 2015
Lois: So sorry for your loss but please know that our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Don Chandler
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