Scouting Legend Dies at 80
Edward "Ed" Jaymes Zahn, 80, passed away Monday, August 16, 2010 after a brief battle with leukemia. He was born to the late Edwin and Verna Zahn, and had been a lifelong Wausau resident.
Ed graduated from Wausau East High School in 1947 and received his Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics and Physics from UW – Whitewater. He subsequently graduated from UW – Stout with a Master's of Science degree in Guidance Counseling.
Ed served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged as a ranking Lieutenant in 1962 after 10 years of service. In his early career, Ed worked as a Mathematics Instructor at Northcentral Technical College and later spent the majority of his career working there as a Guidance Counselor. He retired in 1991.
Ed's biggest passion and fulfillment in life was his love of scouting. He stands as the second receiver in a four generation long legacy of Eagle Award recipients. As an Explorer Scout, he received the Explorer Silver Award, the highest rank possible. Over the years, Ed has been granted nearly every scouting award including Order of the Arrow's Vigil Honor, and, after receiving so many honors, new awards had to be created, some of which were designated in his name. His devotion to scouting has shaped and touched the lives of thousands of youth and adults alike.
Aside from scouting, Ed was also a lifelong Christian and a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was proudly the oldest member of his congregation to have been baptized.
Survivors include his wife Lois, Wausau; daughter, Angela (James) Kopetzky, Wausau; son, David (Cheryl Ball) Zahn, Naperville, IL; 3 grandchildren, Derrick Barrett, Zachariah Barrett and Ethan Zahn; 2 great grandchildren, Bryson and Kayson; 3 sisters, Marion (Dean) Blair, Victoria, British Columbia, Carolyn Sherbert, Champaign-Urbana, IL, and Vivian (Donald) Brenholt, Ashland, WI.
Friends and family are invited to attend visitation services at the Brainard Funeral Home in Wausau this Wednesday evening from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. The funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Rib Mountain. Scouts and Scouters are respectfully requested to attend services in full uniform.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tesomas Scout Camp, B.S.A.
On-line condolences may be given at www.Brainardfuneral.com