Richard B. Zahn, 90

Richard B. Zahn, 90, of Millersville, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at Mennonite Home. He was born in Lancaster and was the husband of the late Dorothy (Wills) Zahn who passed in September 2006.

Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing in his free time. He was a life time member of the NRA. Richard was also a member of the East Petersburg Rod and Gun Club.

Richard is survived by a step-daughter Sherlyn Martin wife of Gene. 2 step-grandchildren; Richard husband of Suzanne and Jeffery husband of Claire. 4 step-great grandchildren; Shannon Martin, Kevin Martin, Laura Martin, and Michael Martin. 2 great great grandchildren. A brother, John Zahn. A niece and a step great niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by a great great grandchild.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, August 4, 2008 at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home 441 N. George St. Millersville 17551 at 11 a.m. Friends will be received before the service from 10:30-11 a.m at the funeral home. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Lancaster County 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or the American Cancer Society 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603. To send an online condolence or for more information please visit

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Sincere condolences go to family and friends of my first cousin, Dick Zahn.
We first met in 1930 when the Zahn ‘men’ from Long Beach CA  did the grand tour and visited all of the families of my parents.  When I retired in 1983 and started shaking the trees for family connections, Dick and Dot accepted my VW Westphalia on their pad at 86 Wabank in Millersville.  They furnished many a meal and served as my guide to Lancaster County PA.  Dick, as a former lineman and telephone supervisor knew every pole and path in the county.  I have his voice on tape as HE discovered the graves of our Bavarian immigrant great-grandfather, John Zahn, wife, and five babes [sixteen children by two wives!] at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Drumore.
     My three first cousins, Elizabeth and John in Lancaster and Dick would be nervous upon my annual arrivals.  I had the documents to prove relationship to many of their close neighbors, newsboys, caddies, etc.  The old-timers of Lancaster prove the concept of ‘six degrees of separation’–we are all married to cousins, close or distant. I obviously earned the nickname ‘Digger’.
     Dick was an avid hunter and Deleware crabber, and he participated in all the activities of his wife’s extended Martin families.  They provided special care of Dot and Dick in their final years; THANKS AGAIN.  Happy Hunting, Dick!
Cousin Willard Zahn of Long Beach, CA   2 Aug 2008

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