M. Daniel "Ol' Dan" Zeck

Age 93, M. Daniel “Ol’ Dan” Zeck passed away peacefully, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Ol’ Dan was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Warren, Ohio to Daniel Rody and Rose (Roksandich) Zeck.

Daniel Zeck

Ol’ Dan moved to Leavenworth after serving as a B17 navigator during World War II flying 35 bombing missions as a member of the 100th Bomber Group. It was during the war that he met his future wife, the late Norda Zeck. They were married for 49 years prior to her death in 1996. He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Rudy Zeck and Mitch Zeck; and a sister, Melena Pavlich.

Dan graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Dairy Technology from Ohio State University.

He is survived by a son, Danny (Dinah) Zeck of Leavenworth; two daughters, Anita E. (Terry) Sullivan of Edina, Minn. and Norda Susan (Bob) Lee of Dillon, Colo.; three grandchildren, Derek (Ali) Zeck, Dustin (Anna) Zeck and Justin (Mae) Grant; seven great-grandchildren, Alec (Kylee) Zeck, Emma Zeck, Drew Zeck, Grace Zeck, Brandon Lee, Nino Williams (daughter, Milan Rose) and Khalil Bailey; as well as his companion, Connie Lord.

Dan was known for his sense of humor, love of sports, and was an enthusiastic KU Jayhawk and Ohio State fan. He served the Leavenworth Pioneer basketball and football teams as their official public broadcast announcer for over 30 years. Dan had many treasured friends and work colleagues gained from having spent over sixty years selling cars in the community. He started his career in 1949 after having purchased a Dodge dealership which he renamed Zeck Dodge. After 32 years he joined his son, Danny Zeck, at Danny Zeck Ford where he mentored younger salesmen.

He was also active in the community serving as President of the Jaycees, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, and Kansas Motor Car Dealers Association.

Dan’s family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Twin Oaks. Due to their loving care, he was happy, comfortable, and safe during the final years of his life.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at the R. L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church (11001 Greenwood, Lenexa, Kan.) with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing, Kan. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation or Grace Hospice of Kansas City.