Lou E. Zediker, 76, of Merrill, died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Lou E. Zediker was born April 11, 1928, in Mapleton, the son of Orville and Gertrude (Bramble) Zediker. He grew up in the Mapleton area and spent his high school years in Sioux City, where he attended Trinity High School. In his ear years he acted in the community theater and played baseball for many years.
He married Frances Kutil on July 2, 1949. He married Betty Brekke in 1966, and she died in 1977. He married Marilyn Gill on Jan. 26, 1978, in Jackson, Minn.
Lou owned and operated taverns in Mapleton, the Half Moon Lounge in Sioux City and the Midway Lounge in Merrill, most of his adult life. Before that, he worked at men's clothing stores.
He enjoyed golfing with his friend, Warren Hauff, bowling and doing crossword puzzles. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees.
He was a member of Merrill Lions Club and a charter member of Queen of Peace.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Merrill; four daughters, Penny Crosmer and her husband, Bill, of Sioux City, Pamela Miller of Tulsa, Okla., Paula Rosenboom and her husband, Kim, of Le Mars, and Pandora Dahle of Mission, Kan.; five stepchildren, Gloria Lewis and her husband, Brian of Antioch, Calif., Tom Gill of Baltimore, Md., Rusty Gill of Sioux City, Debby Green and her husband, Guiles of Sergeant Bluff, and Joe Gill of Sioux City; one sister, Norma Postma and her husband, Samuel, of Chicago, Ill.; two dear aunts, Frances Kenley and Allie Bauslaugh, both of Whiting; a cousin, Eddie Bramble of Sergeant Bluff; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty, and a cousin, John Bramble.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Merrill Civic Center in Merrill with the Rev. Benjamin Meeks of Merrill United Methodist Church and Bennie Cooper officiating. The body was cremated and burial will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. There will be no visitation. The Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Queen of Peace or the City of Merrill Ambulance Service.