Robert J. "Bob" Zucal

June 6, 1932 - May 29, 2021
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Robert J. “Bob” Zucal, 88, of New Philadelphia, died Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Select Specialty Hospital at Cleveland from complications of a stroke suffered on May 9. Born on June 6, 1932, in Tuscarawas County, he was the son of the late Robert and Margaret (Danko) Zucal.

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Robert J. “Bob” Zucal, 88, of New Philadelphia, died Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Select Specialty Hospital at Cleveland from complications of a stroke suffered on May 9. Born on June 6, 1932, in Tuscarawas County, he was the son of the late Robert and Margaret (Danko) Zucal.

Bob grew up on the family farm in Baltzley Valley and in New Philadelphia, and attended the former Dover St. Joseph High School before graduating from the former Midvale High School in 1950. He furthered his education as an adult at Kent State Tuscarawas earning an associate degree in Geology.

He held several varied and very interesting careers through the years, working as a union carpenter, employed at the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, the Ohio State Forestry Service and eventually retiring in 1996 after a long career with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) at New Philadelphia. He was very proud of his contributions to ODOT and enjoyed revisiting and talking about some of the more noteworthy projects and jobs he participated in over the years.

On May 13, 1961, he married the former Joanne R. Young, and they shared 49 wonderful years before she died on Sept. 20, 2010. Robert and Joanne have four children, John (Wendy) Zucal of New Philadelphia, Robert (Connie) Zucal of Dover, James (Jody) Zucal of Uhrichsville and Maria (Darrin) Lautenschleger of New Philadelphia. Their grandchildren are Caitlin (Chris Maskevich) Zucal of Austin, TX; Ethan (fiancé, Baili Fox) Zucal of New Philadelphia; Madeleine Zucal of Columbus; Katrina (Zac) McNutt of New Philadelphia; Josh (Paige Thompson) Zucal of Malvern; AnnMarie Zucal of New Philadelphia; and Macy and Zach Lautenschleger of New Philadelphia. He also is survived by his special nephew, Robert (Cheri) Petitte, several nieces and nephews, and many special friends who he made a point to speak to frequently.

Bob is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at New Philadelphia and a member and former president of the Tuscarawas County Chapter of the Public Employee Retirees Inc. (PERI). “Big Bob,” “Pap” and/or “Sonny” as he is known by many of his family and friends, also had a wide variety of interests and hobbies, from reading and studying local and military history, enjoying the outdoors (fishing, hunting and trapping), collecting arrowheads, Ohio State and New Philadelphia Quaker football, monitoring local weather, watching western and classic movies, long drives through the area countryside and catching up with old friends at local restaurants.

He especially was proud of the accomplishments, activities and professions of his children and grandchildren, researching them and being able to speak in great detail about them, too.

He thoroughly enjoyed his time as a member, legislative chairman and president of the local PERI chapter, contacting federal, state and local officials, and frequently receiving return calls from former U.S. Reps. Zack Space and Bob Ney to discuss policy, and, as he said frequently, “ … to let them know we are paying attention back here at home and what I think about what’s going on in Washington right now.”

He also was a fixture driving the countryside in his bright red Chevrolet pickup truck making daily stops at his family farms, especially checking on his Longhorn “cow friends.” He traveled every road in Tuscarawas and many other counties on numerous occasions, and recalling and describing specific details about the roads, environment, natural resources and more in those communities and rural areas.

In addition to Joanne, he also was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and John Petitte; his sister-in-law and brother-in law, Mary (Young) and Joseph Fister, and sisters-in-law, Sister Dorothy (Muriel) Young, CDP, and Sister Bernadette (Mary John) Young, CDP.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. with the Rosary being said at 6:45 p.m. Father Jeff Coning will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia. Following the committal service, friends and family are invited to the Sacred Heart Parish Hall where a meal will be shared.

In recognition of Bob and Joanne’s strong faith, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 139 Third Street NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

The Rosary will be prayed at 6:45 pm

Service Information

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Mass of Christian Burial

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia


Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Time: 11:30 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

139 3rd St NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Dee posted on 6/9/21

Getting a phone call because he was unable to get a hold of my mom Carol Ditto because he just wanted to make sure she was ok. Going to miss you very much. Thanks for being a great friend to my mom and dad.


Jim and Suzette Dinger posted on 6/4/21

Bob will be missed by us all. May God be with you.


The Goth Family posted on 6/2/21

To all the Zucal family—we offer our deepest and sincere sympathy in the loss of Bob. Your grandfather lived a few doors from us and our Dad, Jack had many a conversation with him about gardening. Our Mom, Rita was a classmate of Sr. Muriel and Sr. Bernadette. We always remember Bob from 8:30 mass. It was so nice to read so many nice accolades about him in the obituary. We will hold you all in our prayers as you journey through his death. As with our parents, Bob and Joanne are together again in the loving presence of Our Lord. May you all experience a deep peace.


Jim Range posted on 6/2/21

His wonderful family, and the strong and lasting relationships he had developed over the years were most important to Bob during our conversations professionally and at PERI meetings. He was a great person to have as a friend. My sympathy to the Zucal family.


Bernie posted on 6/1/21

Deepest sympathies cousins, My earliest memory is your parents’ wedding. Some of my favorite memories is his seeing the joy on your dad’s face when he talked about all of you. Later in his life I could hear the love and pride In his voice when we talked on the phone as he updated me who was doing what. Keeping all of you in my prayers.


Renee Bond posted on 6/1/21

Maria & family: I'm saddened to hear about your father's passing. I remember him as a nice man who always smiled when he greeted people. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers! Renee (Wilhelm) Bond


Fr. Martin J. Ralko posted on 6/1/21

So sorry to hear of Bob's death. I had no idea that he had a difficult month. Your father and i had numerous conversations. Given a little more time we could have solved all the problems in the world. what a great man! It was an honor and a privilege to know him. Be assured of my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.


Frank Leone posted on 6/1/21

to the family of Robert Zucal,you have my deepest sympathy ,and are in my deep thoughts and prayers,Bob allways fished behind my house on bank lane,he allways ask,i told him fish there any time,i had chickens and soo did Bob.Frank Leone


Elizabeth W Stephenson posted on 6/1/21

Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. He was a special person!


Hunter May posted on 5/31/21

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Dave and Nancy Johnson posted on 5/31/21

To Bob's family : What a sweetheart he was. His smile was contagious. He, along with his wife raised a great family, all with the same smile and sense of humor. Our sympathy, love and prayers go out to each of you.


Jill McCartney posted on 5/31/21

Mr. Zucal was a favorite of mine. He always made me smile. Knowing that mischief that Maria and I were about to get into, he always knew we were good kids. Love you all Zucal’s, my heart is with you back home. I am so sorry I can’t be there to hug each of you. Especially you, Maria. Love you my friend. Jill


Floyd and Dalene Swinderman posted on 5/31/21

We had many great conversations with Bob,at Dee’s restaurant, he was such an awesome person!! We don’t know many of the family, but we do know Jim and Jody and we want to give you our sympathy and our love!!


Diana Denny posted on 5/31/21

Sending you sincerest and deepest sympathies on the passing of your father I hope you will all find peace and strength together During this difficult time.


Becky posted on 5/31/21

To the Zucal family, What a beautiful tribute to your father. Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss and keep those precious memories close to your heart. With respect, Rusty and Becky Pierce


Kevin Heade posted on 5/31/21

Big Bob will always have a special place in my heart. He treated me like a grandson and always called me by a nickname he had given me. The Zucal family has my deepest condolences and will remain in my thoughts and prayers.


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 5/31/21

To the Zucal Family, I am so very sorry to learn of Bob's passing, he was a great friend to "my Bob"......Was a great man to know and thinking of you all with good thoughts and prayers.... Carolyn Vaughn


Bruce & Patty Armstrong posted on 5/31/21

Bob, Connie and Family... We are sending our sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. Praying that the Lord will help you through this difficult time. Take care...


Pam and Chris Abbubl posted on 5/30/21

So sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy and will be in our thoughts and prayers.


AnnWise posted on 5/30/21

Sharing in your sorrow and wishing you peace. Bob was a wonderful person ! Sending hugs and prayers for all of you!


Paula Yarnell posted on 5/30/21

Thinking of all of you with our deepest sympathy & prayers! He sure was a kind man & raised great children!! Sincerely Paula & Mark Yarnell


Jody Edwards posted on 5/30/21

Bob,Connie & family ,I am so sorry to hear about your Dad,My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 5/30/21

Prayers to the family during this difficult time.


Beth Cardani/ Hair Expressions posted on 5/30/21

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers & sympathies.


LeeAnn Petitte ( POOKIES ) posted on 5/30/21

To all my family and relatives that are grieving from the loss of my Great Uncle Sonny. His kind soul and love for everyone dear to him. For as long as I can remember his love for his family was unconditional. I know his loss is difficult for all but I’m glad I had a chance to get close to him when we lost my dear grandmother ( MaryAnn ) just a few years ago. Together at her side ready to join our lord, Uncle Sonny, myself, and my father, made a pack to always love one another and never forget the true love of family. Now joined together again as brother and sister in heaven. You will always be loved and missed and forever in my heart Uncle......RIP


Emma Polilli posted on 5/30/21

To Connie and family my deepest condolences on the loss of your father in law, father, grandpa and all. Prayers and hugs to all of you!


Kelly and Sharon Ricklic posted on 5/30/21

Thinking of you all. Love and hugs.


Pam (Meese) Anderson posted on 5/30/21

John, Bob, James & Maria, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your families are in my prayers.