CHARLESTON, IL – Marion L. “Jake” Zane, age 82 of Charleston, passed away on Friday, April 12. 2013 while a patient at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Visitation for family and friends was held Sunday evening, April 14, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Funeral Services honoring and celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. this morning, Monday, April 15, 2013 at the funeral chapel with Reverend Walter Carlson officiating. Interment, with Military Rites conducted by the St. Marie American Legion Post #932, will follow in the Hunt Cemetery located in Jasper County east of Rose Hill, Illinois. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, thoughtful donations be made to a church or charity of the donor’s preference. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the service, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Jake, as he was affectionately known, was born on October 18, 1930 in Borton, Illinois located in Edgar County and was the only son of the late Guy L. and M. Edna (Clark) Zane. He married Wilma Barkley on July 10, 1952 at the Cummins Church near Rose Hill, Illinois. In addition to Wilma, he is survived by two daughters, Debra Roberts and husband Ted of Lily Lake, Illinois and Julie Maffei and husband Mark of Roscoe, Illinois; five grandchildren, Jamie Eglseder and husband Doug, Josh Roberts and wife Laura, and Eric, Alex and Kelly Maffei; twin great-grandchildren, Dillon and Bailey Eglseder; a sister, Betty Cismowski of Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
Jake was a Korean War Veteran and honorably served with the United States Air Force. He attained his bachelor’s degree in business education in 1958 and a master’s degree in 1960 from Eastern Illinois University. He went on to serve in a variety of administrative positions at E.I.U. for 33 years before retirement. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston as well as The Charleston Rotary Club, serving as its treasurer for 16 years. He volunteered his time with the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site and the Coles County Historical Society; and, served for numerous years as an election judge.
Jake could often be found outdoors working in his yard or attending farm shows which he so enjoyed. He shared a dear and special relationship with each of his grandchildren and always attended their activities to offer his encouragement and support. Jake possessed a kind and gentle demeanor and was a loving and devoted husband and father. His thoughtful and courteous attitude toward others earned him the respect and friendship of many and he will truly be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.