Kenneth Melvin "Zeke" Zastrow was born in The Dalles, Oregon on February 21, 1951, to Melvin "Zip" LaVern and Ruby Olive Wetherell Zastrow. He joined one sibling, Nancy Kay Zastrow. He married Anda Kay Davidson on February 3, 1973, and passed away, peacefully, in his sleep, December 31, 2022, just 34 days before their 50th anniversary. They were blessed with two children: A son, Anthony "Tony", and a daughter, Kacie. Zeke worked for Art Clough at the local Chevron station on and off for 40 years. He also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad across America and then went on to Donovan's 76 service station. His final job was with the City of Arlington; his primary focus was maintaining the parks or driving a garbage truck. He retired from the City of Arlington in 2006. Zeke and Anda resided in Arlington, OR, until moving to Farmington, NM, in September of 2007.
In childhood, he spent most of his days hanging out with his dad at the Arlington schools, the teams, and the coaches. There he found his love for the Honkers! He really was a true Honker. He later fell in love with the Green Bay Packers. He played all sports, but football was always his first love. The only person faster than Zeke on the field was his mom. She would run the sidelines right along with him to score.
Later in life, his body reflected the physical toll he put it through. Shortly after retiring, he had multiple surgeries to repair his broken parts. Unfortunately, God had other plans and his model didn't hold up well. Zeke was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kirtland, NM, and loved his church family. In August 2022, Zeke moved to the Bee Hive Assisted Living facility, where the staff and residents treated him like extended family. If he couldn't be home, then that was the next best place.
Zeke was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin & Ruby Zastrow; his grandparents, William & Violet Zastrow and Charles and Ella Wetherell; his sister Nancy K. Zastrow Davidson; niece, Rebecca L. Davidson Vann; nephews, Danny L. Davidson and Tyler J Grady; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Zeke is survived by his wife, Anda Kay Zastrow; his son, Anthony (Beverly) Zastrow; his daughter, Kacie (Craig) Nelson; seven grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Zeke was loved and will be missed by many. He will be returning to his home thometownown of Arlington, Oregon for his final resting place at a later date. God was merciful and took Zeke home to his Heavenly paradise. He is no longer in pain. Praise God!