Ernest Anthony Zeches passed away peacefully in his sleep August 5, 2020, at his home in Tucson, AZ. He was born in Morris, Minnesota, to Ernest M. and Augusta (Klug) Zeches on March 30, 1932.
Ernie was a Korean War veteran, serving 4 years in the US Air Force. Upon discharge , he attended Marquette University, then transferred to the University of Minnesota where he earned his BBA degree in Finance and Accounting in 1958. Following graduation, he was employed as an Auditor & Supervisory Analyst for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Chicago. He began a successful career in the Savings and Loan industry, serving as Vice-President and President of several S&L Institutions, continuing as a realtor, business owner and work in both State and Federal Banking.
He married the love of his life, Margaret Irene Rogers, in 1956. Together they were blessed with six children. He often said his greatest achievement was his family. He was very proud of them and loved them deeply.
Ernie was a gifted high school athlete and an avid sportsman: a life-long field and game hunter from childhood, a trout fisherman, golfer, and huge fan of football and basketball teams, especially the Green Bay Packers.
In 2017, he became a proud dual citizen of Luxembourg as part of that country’s Reclamation of Luxembourgish Citizenship through his Zeches family line: his great- grandfather Michel Zeches emigrated to Minnesota in 1858.
Ernie is survived by Margaret, his wife of 63 years and their loving children: Patricia Wood; Kathleen (George) Jelich; Mary (Terence) Moore; Ann Zeches; and Robert (Charley) Zeches. Grandchildren: Krystal (Nereo) Bravo, Ashley and Laura Jelich; Christopher, Connor and Rachael Moore; Sean and Elizabeth Labor; and Lola, Genevieve and Devon Zeches. Great-grandchildren: Natalia and Santiago Bravo, and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his son, William Ernest Zeches, and by his parents and two brothers, James and Robert Zeches.