Richard "Butch" Zummak

Jun 13, 2017
Zummak news


10:30 AM on June 22, 2017 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Evansdale


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 21 at Locke Funeral Home; with 7:00 PM Masonic Service and Knights Templar Service.


Poyner Township Cemetery with Military Honors by United States Navy Honor Guard and Evansdale AMVETS Post #31


Knights Templar Eye Foundation or directed to the family.


     Richard A. “Butch” Zummak, age 73, of Evansdale, IA died on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at UnityPoint Health—Allen Hospital of natural causes.

     Richard Albert Zummak was born in Oelwein on August 19, 1943, the son of Albert Otto and Alice Mae Chase Zummak. Raised on a farm south of Westgate, Butch attended Fremont No. #7 through 8th grade and graduated in 1961 from Maynard of West Central High. He served in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1964, with one tour in Viet Nam; he felt it was an honor and duty to serve his country.

     Butch married Barbara Jean Harriman December 5, 1964 at Maywood First Methodist Church in Waterloo.

     He worked 2 years with the railroad, then worked 35½ years with John Deere & Co. retiring in 2001, and following retirement 15 years as a security officer at John Deere Engine Works through Allied Barton Security. He enjoyed cooking, flower gardening and yard work, along with fishing. He loved his family and friends and pet dogs, Penny and Mya – what wonderful friends.

     Butch was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. He was an active Mason since 1978, he was also a member of Black Hawk Lodge #65 in Cedar Falls. He was Past Master of Waterloo Lodge #105, Past High Priest of Tabernacle #52, Past Illustrious Master of Crescent Council #16, Past Eminent Commander of Ascalon Commandery #25, Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Iowa. He was Captain of the Little Fire Trucks and parade for 23 years, Past President of El Mecca Firehouse Gang, Past Watchman of Shepherds of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and member of Knights Masons of the Green Degrees of Des Moines. Butch was a member of the Red Cross of Constantine St. Ignatius of Cedar Rapids, a life member of the Order of Thrice Illustrious Masters of the State of Iowa, a life member of the Order of High Priesthood of the State of Iowa, a life member of the Past Commanders Assoc. of the State of Iowa. Butch was the recipient of Knight of Ish-Sodi, Knights of the York Cross of Honor, recipient of the Knights Commander of the Temple. He was an Inspector and Instructor of the Ritual and Tacts of the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar of the State of Iowa. Butch was also a member Evansdale AMVETS Post #31.

     Survivors include his wife, Barb Zummak of Evansdale; a son, Allen Richard (Karen Siler) Zummak of Dunkerton; a daughter, Debbie Jean (Kathy Hill) Zummak of Nagaunee, MI; five grandchildren, David Murphy, Alexandria Zummak, Caleb Zummak, Tyler Zummak, and Allie Mae Zummak; a great-granddaughter, Bailey Zummak; and a sister-in-law, Kim Zummak of  Litchfield, MN.

     Butch was preceded in death by a grandson, Brendon Zummak; and two brothers, Clifton Zummak and Raymond Zummak.


Click here to send a private message to the family.



Leave a comment
  1. Williams Family | Jul 03, 2017
    Condolences to the Zummak family.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.  Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds."  May God bring you comfort and peace.
  2. Tony Stuva | Jun 21, 2017

    I started to get to know butch as i worked security for four years. His humor was great he had a great sense of pride in the work he did and always cared about his other workers. The last time i saw him i was at walmart and we chatted a while about everything you could think of. He was a great person and i will miss him dearly. Sorry for your loss and may God comfort you in his time of need. 

  3. JP | Jun 19, 2017
    My thought go out to the family. I did not know Burch long but he made a large impact on me I am proud to say Burch was my friend  He will be missed . 
  4. Nate Bender | Jun 18, 2017
    Condolences sent to family and friends.  Butch was my high school classmate. He ran a good race!
  5. Willard & Karen Loper | Jun 18, 2017

    Barb, Our thoughts & prayers have been with you as Butch 's health declined.  You two have been very special friend of ours.  Butch was a very important part of the Grand Commandery of Iowa, and will be greatly missed.

    May God hold you & your family close, & may your special memories bring you comfort & peace in your loss.

    Willard & Karen Loper

  6. Betty Raffield | Jun 18, 2017
    Barb and family. So sorry to hear about butch. Glaf I got to visit with him a couple years ago. He said he was having some problems then. Im going through radiation treatments now. Got 20 some to go andhope to get to iows in August. Maybe weather stay nice. Will be thinking of you and family. I still can't believe Wayne is gone. Days are long and lonely. Take care and God Bless you all.

    Leave a comment

    Locate Us

    Get directions to Locke Funeral Home.

    Play button icon. Click to order flowers.

    Order Flowers

    Choose the arrangement and let us worry about the rest

    Play button icon. Click to order flowers.

    Plan a Gathering & 

    Celebrate a life that has been lived and has touched so many.

    Play button icon. Click to plan a gathering or celebration.

    Local Grief Support

    Find a support group to help you cope with grief.

    Play button icon. Click to plan a gathering or celebration.