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Robert F. Zielinski, Jr.

Company K-2

17 Oct 1939 - 10 Aug 2013

Place of Death: Louisville, KY

Interment: Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Zielinski, on August 10, 2013 at Norton Suburban Hospital, Louisville, KY, after a courageous 16-month battle with cancer. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Betty, his mother Julia, daughter Julie Zielinski Gabis (Ed), son Rob (Amber), brothers Richard (Lana) and Andy, and 3 grandchildren (Ben, Cameron, and Nicholas).  Bob was preceded in death by his father, Frank, and sister, Nancy. 

Visitation will be held at 3-6 pm on Saturday, 17 August at Arch L. Heady at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road, Louisville, KY  40222.  An Irish/Polish wake will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Austin's, 4950 US Hwy 42, Louisville, KY  40222.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Monday, 19 August, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, 2501 North Dixie Boulevard, Radcliff, KY  40160. 

Condolences may be sent to Betty at 1303 Amberlin Lane, Louisville, KY  40245-8483

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donation of funds, time, or materials to one of Bob's favorite theatres: Little Colonel Players, P.O. Box 532, Pewee Valley, KY  40056-0532; Shelby County Community Theatre, 801 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY  40065; or Pandora Productions, P.O. Box 4185, Louisville, KY  40204-4185.

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\K-2 Bob Zielinski.pdf


ZIELINSKI, BOB, 73, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Norton Suburban Hospital. A true warrior, Bob finished his heroic 16-month battle with cancer peacefully, with his loving wife and children at his side.

Bob was a 1961 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, a decorated Army Engineer Officer, and a Vietnam veteran. Bob was very actively involved in his community, serving many years as Louisville's Thomas Edison at public and local school events. He also loved community theater, starring in many local productions. Most recently, he was a successful director of 2 plays, "Something to Hide" at Little Colonel Players, and "Harvey" at Shelby County Community Theatre. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Betty; his mother, Julia; daughter, Julie Zielinski Gabis (Ed); son, Rob (Amber); brothers, Richard (Lana) and Andy; and three grandchildren, Ben, Cameron, Nicholas, Lara, Ellen, and Chris.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank; and sister, Nancy. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Arch L. Heady Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road. There will be a graveside service at noon on Monday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY.

In lieu of flowers, please donate funds, time or materials to one of Bob's favorite theaters: Little Colonel Players, Shelby County Community Theatre, or Pandora Productions.

"Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat." - "The Beauty of Things" by Gary Eldridge

Published in The Courier-Journal on August 13, 2013