Robert Zingaro

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October 9, 1943 - October 29, 2020
Born in Rockville Centre, New York
Resided in St. Peters, Missouri

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Robert “Bob” E. Zingaro died peacefully in his home in St. Peter’s MO on October 29, 2020.

He is the beloved son of the late Nicholas and Janet Zingaro; devoted father of John A. Zingaro of Chicago, IL and Dawn (Marck) Bloemers of Tacoma, WA; cherished grandfather of Luke and Robert Boemers; dear brother of R. Nicholas Zingaro of Goshen, NY and Zelinda Zingaro of Castro Valley, CA. He is also survived by his nephew Joseph Zingaro of Savannah GA and many other relatives and friends around the country.

Bob was born in New York and moved to Chicago with his family when he was young, He graduated high school and then honorably served in the United States Army. Robert returned to Chicago to work at O’Hare Airport for TWA as a customer service agent. It was this career that brought him to St. Louis where he was a fixture of the TWA and American C concourse for over 20 years. He was well known and loved by many travelers. He retired from his service with TWA/American after 44 years.

Bob had many passions in life, and among them was Operation Lift Off, a charity that helps provide “wish” vacations for critically ill children. He was able to organize golf tournaments for the organization for many years.  He also was an active member of the Ethical Society Mid-Rivers. He was known as a kind and loving man always helping those who were in need.

Bob’s wish to continue to help others extended beyond his death, as per his wishes his body has been donated to science and no services will be held.

In his memory memorials may be made to: Youth In Need or Our Lady’s Inn.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Joe Zingaro October 31, 2020 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    candle 6We will miss you, Uncle Bob. Always such a kind man. He would give you the shirt off his back. As a child I remember always flying back to the USA in the summers through STL and he would upgrade us to first class. I thought that was so cool of him and it made our long travel days so much easier. You will be missed.

  2. Dave Freeland October 31, 2020 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. I worked with Bob at TWA in St. Louis for many years. Bob was always in tune with his customers at TWA by greeting them with a “howdy neighbor.” My condolences go out to Bob’s family at this difficult time. May you rest in peace, good neighbor.

    • Linda Huthmaker November 1, 2020 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Dave,
      Yes, it was such sad news to learn of Bob’s passing.

      I hope you continue to be well, and the family.
      Keep in touch.
      Love, Linda

  3. Lisa and Paige Diebold October 31, 2020 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Words can not describe how sad I am to learn of Bobs passing. I was expecting a text from him today as he would text me every holiday. But one never came. I regularly read the obituaries and saw him listed. I have known Bob almost my whole life. He and my dad worked together at TWA. I’ll always remember his greeting of “howdy neighbor!” He was there for my daughter and I tremendously, before and after losing my dad. My heart breaks for his family and friends as they have lost such a kind, wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    • Linda Huthmaker November 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      I also worked with your Dad Ron, and knew your Mother, Maddie. I miss them both.
      Your Dad moved me, twice, to California, from St. Louis, when I transferred to Los Angeles with TWA.

      I hope you are well, and staying safe.
      May God bless you.
      Kind Regards,
      Linda Huthmaker

  4. Susan Emmerich November 1, 2020 at 2:59 am - Reply

    candle 1Mr. Zingaro was a customer of our Shop and Save store in St.Peters for many years. He was always smiling and he made us laugh with his approach to whatever problems we encountered. He was funny and polite and always patient and we were always happy to see him. My prayers go out to your Family and to all who knew Mr. Zingaro. May his memory always bring you the joy and warmth he deserves.
    Susan Emmerich.

  5. Linda Huthmaker November 1, 2020 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Such a nice and helpful guy was Bob Zingaro. I was so sorry to hear of his passing, lately, and send prayers and blessings to his son John, and his daughter.
    Enjoyed working with Bob, for years, in St. Louis, when we were all with Trans World Airlines.
    We will miss Bob, and his charming smile.

    May God hold him in the palm of His hand.

    My love, Linda Huthmaker/Torrance, California

    • Lisa Diebold November 1, 2020 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda, your name sounds so familiar. I used to remember the names of everyone from the airport so well. Harder to remember as the years go by. Bob was such a fixture at Lambert. Always looked forward to seeing him. My heart broke when I saw his name listed on here. My email is if you ever want to email. Good to hear from you. Stay safe!
      Lisa Diebold

  6. Dwight & Debbie Santagato November 1, 2020 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    We are very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Our neighborhood was a better place having Bob here with us and he will be missed. Our prayers are with his family at this difficult time

  7. Sharon Helvey November 2, 2020 at 5:44 am - Reply

    Bob was my next door neighbor and my friend. He was a great story teller and, proud, kind man. I will miss him. My Thoughts and prayers go out to the family

  8. Lisa Cherivtch November 2, 2020 at 11:06 am - Reply

    candle 1It seems cliche to say that “the world was a better place because Bob Zingaro was in it” – but it’s true. How many times did I see Bob engage in random acts of kindness whether it was slipping someone a $20 and telling them to give it to the charity of their choice or just offering a cheerful greeting to someone who was having a bad day? Kind, generous, caring are just a few of the words that would adequately describe Bob.

    He will be missed immensely by all who knew and loved him. My world is a bit darker because this bright light is gone.

  9. Bill Church November 3, 2020 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I worked with Bob in Chicago and St Louis with TWA and AA. He will be missed

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