Leonard Zinger


Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Leonard L. Zinger, 91, a lifelong resident of Davenport will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2011, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1923 N. Fillmore St. Davenport.

Burial be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 26.  Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, January 7, at Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St. Davenport, where a prayer service will be offered at 4 p.m. as well as a family-led rosary at 6:30 p.m. Leonard died Sunday, January 2, 2011, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf, after a brief illness.

Leonard Louis Zinger was born November 9, 1919 on his grandparent’s farm located just north of the present day Eisenhower Elementary School on Jersey Ridge Road. He was the eldest of three children born to Charles and Edith (Hinkle) Zinger. In October of 1941, he married Sadie Jabour in Kahoka, Mo. She passed away in 1991.

During World War II, from 1941 through 1945, Lennie served in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in Phoenix, Arizona and Calcutta, India. Lennie was owner-operator of Cradle Diaper Service for 32 years. He then worked 17 years for the Davenport Community Schools, retiring in 1989.


Lennie was a very talented musician, having played the bass fiddle close to 75 years. He has played with numerous big bands in the area. He has been a member of Local 67 Federation of American Musicians for 70 years. His memberships also included Holy Family Catholic Church. He also is a wonderful gardener. Hundreds of people have enjoyed his produce that he raised for over 50 years.

 Memorials may be made to Holy Family Church or the Quad City Symphony

Survivors include his children, daughters, Lynda Kuehn (Bill Cardiff), Davenport, Michelle Cauwels, East Moline, sons, Thomas Zinger (Orba), Council Bluffs, IA, and Michael Zinger, Iowa City; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; a sister Mildred Conklin and a brother Donald Zinger, both of Bettendorf.

He was preceded in death by his son, Leonard L. Zinger Jr., grandsons, Matthew Kuehn and Justin Bird and great grandson Cameron Holland. May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Lennie’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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