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Cyril Zoucha

September 24, 2018

Cyril Zoucha

Dec. 16, 1931 -- Sept. 20, 2018

Cyril Zoucha, age 86, died on Sept.20, 2018, at the Columbus Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the church with visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Monday night and continuing Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m., also at the church. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery with military honors by Hartman Post #84 and American Legion Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the wishes of the family.

Cyril A. Zoucha was born Dec.16, 1931, in rural Platte County, to Mike and Leona (Tworek) Zoucha. He grew up in the rural Tarnov and Lindsay area. Cyril served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from July 1952 to April 1954. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Nienaber on June 6, 1956, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindsay. The couple farmed northwest of Monroe until 1965. They moved to Columbus where Cyril worked as a carpenter until 1967. They then returned to farming, and during that time Cyril became an auctioneer. In 1979, they moved back to Columbus where Cyril started and owned Zoucha Auction and Realty Company. He was instrumental in developing a steering committee to bring real estate classes to Central Community College.

Cyril was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was a very active member of the Knights of Columbus Council #9264 and held various offices at the state level. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Faithful Navigator for John F. Kennedy Assembly #0605. Cyril enjoyed auctioneering, deer hunting, putting his skills to work as a carpenter, and listening to polka and country music. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by wife Phyllis Zoucha of Columbus, son Ron (Joanne) Zoucha of Columbus, daughter Deb (Jim) Bogus of Columbus, daughter Chris (Gene) Schumacher of Columbus, son Rick (Cheryl) Zoucha of Columbus, son Randy Zoucha of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; brother Lawrence (Jean) Zoucha of Omaha, brother Sal (Rose) Zoucha of Omaha, sister Josephine Groski of Omaha; sister-in-law Betty Zoucha of Columbus, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Mike and Leona Zoucha; in-laws Tony and Margaret Nienaber, brother Norbert Zoucha, sister and brother-in-law Adeline and Ron Ternus; brothers-in-law Ron Groski, Jerry Nienaber and Harry Nienaber.

Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.

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