Gerald L. Zang, 91, passed away peacefully Sept. 8 with family by his side.
He was born to Cecelia and Linton, and raised in the Chicago area.
While in high school, he participated in track and field.
He joined Navy ROTC and graduated Northwestern School of Commerce with Beta Gamma Sigma. He later transferred to the Marine Corps that his father had also served in.
He mustered out and found a job with Proctor & Gamble in management.
He eventually became part of what grew into the Sunmark line of candies based in St. Louis, having a hand in creating Sweetarts among other things.
After leaving, he rebuilt several companies, including Stout Industries.
He began to act as a private financial advisor, and to do his own stock trading into retirement.
Along the way he married Carole Foster, adopted a daughter Linda and a son James, and fathered son Mark and daughter Karen. They lived for a time in Kirkwood and Sunset Hills, and were members of Greenbriar.
They especially enjoyed water activities, and eventually had homes in Lake St. Louis and Terre du Lac.
Gerry took up golf along with his wife, and both enjoyed playing bridge, participating in national and regional tournaments.
Gerry eventually lost Carole to Alzheimer’s, and remarried to Donna in his last decade, until she passed just last year.
Besides his children, Gerry also leaves behind a granddaughter Katherine, great granddaughter Jane, niece Susan Foster and family, and sons-in-law Andrew and Craig.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.