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Timothy C. ‘Zabs’ Zabel, 50

Timothy Carl “Zabs” Zabel, age 50, of Delano, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born July 11, 1966, in Watertown, to Thomas and Nancy (Triplett) Zabel.

Tim was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend. He was a long-time Delano sports booster, fan and coach. The consummate sports enthusiast, Zabs could recall statistics of any sport, any age group; whether it was professional, collegiate, high school, or younger.

Zabs was known for singing the national anthem, “Star Spangled Banner” and especially, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” His favorite song was by John Fogerty, called Centerfield, especially when he would say “put me in coach.”

Zabs loved being part of kids’ lives, especially in sports. He had a way of encouraging them and praising them for the positives.

Tim loved being married and knowing that he and Audrey had that special family connection. He loved his family and extended family; he was known for letting KRWC radio know that it was someone’s birthday coming up.

Tim always saw the positive in life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas A. Zabel; grandparents Edward and Alma Triplett, and Kermit and Louise Zabel; and aunts and uncles Edward and Shirley Triplett, Charlene and Howard Stark, Wayne Triplett, Bernard Skelly, and Carl Zabel.

Tim is survived by his wife, Audrey; mother Nancy (Triplett) Zabel; siblings Kellie (Mike) Wright, Paul Zabel, and Kerri Lachermeier; nieces and nephews Samantha, Kurt and Kirstin Klitzke, and Karson, Klein and Keith Lachermeier; aunts and uncles Dean and Angie Triplett, Marla Triplett, Janice Skelly, Elaine Zabel, Gary and LaDonna Triplett, Mary Jo and Darrel Menth; cousins; close friends Shelly Hayes, the Tim and Cindy Iten family, Elim staff, and Steve “Cheeks” Eilen; as well as many, many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.

There was visitation Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, continuing Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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