Bob Zinn

November 10, 1948March 14, 2021
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Robert (Bob) Lee Zinn, 72, of Ankeny, passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospice on Sunday, March 14, 2021 after battling through several compounding health issues.

Bob was born to the proud parents of Elmer and Mary Kay Zinn in Spencer, Iowa on November 10, 1948. He graduated from Spencer High School and then went on to study at the University of Northern Iowa. He met Linda Reason in the fall of 1966 and they would seal their love in marriage on June 12, 1971. Shortly after, they moved to Ankeny, Iowa where he began his working career with the US Postal Service. After 33 years delivering mail for the USPS, Bob entered retirement. During retirement, he began a “part-time” job as a Custodian at Southeast Elementary. He loved the staff at SE and spoke about them in the highest regard.

Bob loved sports. Whether it was coaching the boys, playing in a slow pitch softball league or watching his beloved St Louis Cardinals or Minnesota Vikings, he enjoyed it all. He did his best to interject his love for sports into his boys, which included starting a tradition by taking the boys out of school and spending an entire day at the Boys State Tournament. When not watching a sporting event, he enjoyed plays at the Civic Center, going to movies at the theater, dinners with his Church group, and traveling back “home” to visit family in Spencer. Bob was very proud of his family and loved attending his grandchildren’s activities when it was possible. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, loving personality, infectious laugh, and the many conversations about sports.

Bob is survived by two sons: Jeremy of Ankeny, and his wife, Amanda (Bates) and Joshua of Ankeny, and his wife, Laura (Kramer); and four grandchildren: Zachary, Preston, Kyra and Colby. Also surviving are his mother, Mary Kay Zinn of Spencer; two brothers, Bill Zinn of Spencer, and John Zinn (Diane) of Spencer; his mother-in-law, Violet Reason of Spencer; two sister-in-laws, Barbara Mutezel (Ron) of Spencer and Beverly Hummel (Mike) of Dickens and many nieces and nephews. Bob is preceded in death by his wife Linda, his father Elmer Zinn, and a sister-in-law Sherry Zinn.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Monday, March 29, 2021 from 3 to 6pm at Ankeny Funeral Home, 1510 West First Street. Due to COVID guidelines, a private family funeral service will be held at Ankeny Presbyterian Church on Tuesday March 30, 2021 at 11am. The family encourages those not in attendance to join them via Facebook livestream for the service.

In lieu of flowers we ask for donations to Mercy Hospice, 5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131 or the Ankeny Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 317 SE Trilein Drive, Ankeny, IA 50021.


  • Mercy Hospice
  • Ankeny Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund


  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • PRIVATE Memorial Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021



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John Walter

March 28, 2021

Jeremy, Josh and family: We are very sorry to learn of your father's passing. He was a great neighbor and friend. We always appreciated his presence and perspective on life. He made the old neighborhood a more friendly and welcoming place. We will miss him. -- John and Sandy Walter

Tom Rhodes

March 27, 2021

I was so sorry and shocked to hear of Bob's passing. I grew up just across the street from him and his family and have many good memories of him and his family.
He will always be in my memories, rest in peace Bob.

Damon Zinn

March 24, 2021

Rest In Peace, Bob. You are now with Elmer. Mary Kay and family, I am sorry for your loss. Damon Zinn.

Andy and Lori Nielsen I

March 23, 2021

When we heard of Bob's passing a flood of memories of how our children's lives intertwined through the years came into our minds! Bob and his wife were so kind and that showed itself in their children's lives. He will be missed on earth but welcomed with open arms in heaven.

Cindy Grimes

March 21, 2021

I was Bob's sub and then took over his City 6 at the Post Office... and he was one of the nicest guys around! My thoughts go out to your family in this time of sorrow! Peace and prayers...

Cindy Grimes

Ed Sable

March 19, 2021

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Bob Zinn. We enjoyed working with Bob for many years at the post office. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless and comfort you during this difficult time.
Love, Renee Charbonneau & Ed Sable 💕

Greg Silzer

March 18, 2021

To the Zinn Family,

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I know your Dad from the Ankeny PO. We worked together for seven years and I’d have to say I never saw him without a smile. He was a Great guy, that everybody liked. He would help anybody, me many, many, many times for that I hope I thanked him enough. He was a very rare man who will be missed. I hope the best for your families.

Kathy Power

March 17, 2021

Josh, Jeremy and families;
I'm so sorry for your loss. Linda and I worked together in the office at St. Augustin. I so appreciated her kindness and sense of humor. Loved it when Bob and Linda would come to visit at school and bring treats! Just beautiful people with hearts of gold. Grateful for knowing them.

Verne & Kelly Murray

March 16, 2021

Josh, Jeremy & families,
We are so very saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. We have a long history. Linda & I worked together at the bank, Bob delivered our mail for many years. We again caught up with each other when we joined APC.
He was loved & will be missed.
With our love & deepest sympathy,
Verne & Kelly Murray

Wayne Prunty

March 15, 2021

So sorry for your loss many good memories when Bob and Linda would visit Sue and I at Okoboji. Bob loved to boat go to concerts and the Barefoot Bar they both loved the Iowa Great Lakes . I missed them when they were unable to come any longer Wayne Prunty