Morris G. Zink

Born: Tue., Sep. 8, 1925
Died: Sat., May 8, 2010


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., May 10, 2010
Location: - Not available -

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., May 11, 2010

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Morris G. Zink

September 8, 1925 – May 8, 2010

Morris Gilbert Zink, 84, of South Bend died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 in Our Lady of Peace Hospital, Mishawaka, IN following a brief illness. Mr. Zink was born September 8, 1925 in Argos, IN to the late Don and Fern (Bennett) Zink and had lived in South Bend since 1952 coming from Plymouth, IN. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Francis and Audrey Zink. On February 22, 1948 in Argos he married Ercell Umbaugh who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Dee Dee Zink (Robert Becnel) of New Orleans, LA; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and his two favorite buddies, Duke and Taffy, his adopted cats. Morris retired as the owner of Elkhart Office Machines, Inc. More recently he worked part time as a water tester for Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was proud to be an usher in the Notre Dame Stadium and most recently served as an assistant supervisor in the press box. He was formerly a member and past president of the South Bend Lions Club and a former member of Elks Lodge #425 of Elkhart and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee. He was currently an active member of First United Methodist Church, South Bend, where he served as an usher and trustee among many activities. He loved to water ski and was very mechanically oriented, to the extent of building his own boat, as well as refurbishing three Triumph Spitfires. He was an all around athlete and participated for many years in basketball and softball leagues in the area. He had also gotten involved in the local Special Olympics competition as a volunteer. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 11th in First United Methodist Church, South Bend with Rev. Mary Hubbard officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. The family will receive friends from 3 until 7 p.m. today, May 10th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN, 46637 or First United Methodist Church, 333 N. Main St., South Bend, IN, 46601. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Morris's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

First United Methodist Church
333 N. Main St., South Bend, IN, 46601

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Doug Brown
   Posted Mon May 10, 2010
To the Zink Family,
Please accept my condolenses, and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, at this time of grief.
I came to know Morris through being an usher, and supervisor at the Notre Dame football stadium. My 35 years, pales in comparison to Morris' 50+. I always enjoyed talking with Morris at the games, and this usually took place at the elevator entrance. Morris was always interested in how I was doing, and what I thought of different football situations, from over the years. He was a great person, and will be dearly missed by those that he worked, and talked with, at the stadium.
May God bless you during this time.

Susan Williams
   Posted Mon May 10, 2010
Thinking of you all during this time of sorrow. May God be with you. I know he will be missed by many people.

Robert & Angela (Bickel) Baldwin
   Posted Mon May 10, 2010
To My Dear Ercell:

You and Morris have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. You were both so dear to me, as well as my beloved grandparents. I know Morris is now in heaven for a long and wonderful visit with Lloyd and Pauline. We are here for you Ercell, anytime you need us. Morris is in the best place, knowing no pain!

We Love You!!

The Baldwins
Rob, Angie, Joi & Eve

Mary Perkins
   Posted Wed May 12, 2010
Ercell and DeeDee:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. I have many great memories of him - waterskiing as teens on Diamond Lake or just stopping by the house for a visit. He was so proud of his two girls and his love for you both was written on his face as well as evident in the tone of his voice as he said your names.
Know that he will always live on in you and in all you do.