Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

April 8, 2013

Thomas C. Zins, 55


The Herald-Tribune

— Thomas C. Zins, 55, Batesville, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus.

Born April 30, 1957, in Cincinnati, he was the son of Ruth (Feldkamp) Doolan and Howard Zins.

He was a youth minister at several churches in the area for nearly 30 years.

Tom’s mind was equal parts creative and philosophical. He played guitar, sang and counted Led Zeppelin among his favorites groups, but his daughter also remembers songs he would write and sing to her and her brother at bedtime.

He enjoyed being around young people, and as a parent and youth minister, he would constantly remind them to live each moment. Tom liked being outdoors with nature and taking long walks. He also watched a lot of movies. While he favored musicals, his favorite movie was “Gandhi.” When his children were younger, he would occasionally take them fishing. Other activities he enjoyed with them were playing pool, bowling and cards, either 500 or rummy. His daughter laughed about Dad being competitive and wanting to win at whatever they were playing.

He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Zins, Los Angeles; his mother, Batesville; his father, Honolulu; sisters Therese Zins, Greensburg, Mary Bergman, Brookville, Carol Roell and Patty Zins, Batesville, and Judy Franzen, California, Ky.; and brothers Mike and Jerry Zins, Batesville.

He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew, and brother Joseph Zins.

Visitation is Tuesday, April 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg, with the Rev. Greg Friedman officiating. A private family burial will be held at St. Mary’s of the Rock Cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Holy Family Religious Education Fund.