Edward “Whitey” Zachmeier, 81, Mandan, died March 2, 2016 at home under the care of Sanford Hospice and his loving family in Mandan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Monday, March 7, 2016 from 1:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. There will be no visitation at the church prior to the service on Tuesday.
Edward was born on January 22, 1935 to Harry and Katherine (Jiran) Zachmeier in Bismarck, ND. He was raised and educated in Mandan attending St. Joseph School. He married Janice Stack on April 7, 1958 in Mandan where they lived and raised their family. Whitey worked for Northern Improvement as a Heavy Equipment Operator for 35 years, retiring in 1997.
Ed “Whitey” Zachmeier, enjoyed fishing, lawn care, and fixing up lawn tractors. He liked “patrolling” the yard in his little orange car which the neighbors liked seeing because they knew spring was here. He built a tractor which was a little bigger than a lawn tractor we named it “Peanuts”. He was proud of them both. When asked why he built a tractor his reply was “Because I needed one”.
He loved to fix and tinker with things. If somebody was working on something and had a question for him his famous comment was “Bring it on up I’ll take a look at it”. Another favorite saying is when asked how he’s doing his reply was “Oh good for an old guy”.
Whitey will be deeply missed by his wife of 57 years, Janice; sons, Tony (Betty), Bismarck, ND, Bruce (Kathy), Pierre, SD and Randy, Mandan, ND; 3 grandchildren, Tyler, Riley and Nicole; 3 great-grandchildren, Alex, Conner & Hailey; sister, Loretta (Tom) Landeis, Mandan; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Peet, Mandan, ND; brothers, Wally (Liala), Jim (Caroline), Louie (Sylvia), Tom (Colleen) and Leo (Jodene) all of Mandan, ND; brother-in-law, David McFerran, Mandan, ND along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Whitey was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Harriet McFerran; brothers, Bill and Albert and sister-in-law, Janis Zachmeier.