Obituary for Robert Zeitinger
Zeitinger, Robert Carl, born August 10, 1927, in St Louis, MO passed away on June 5, 2017 in Kirkwood, MO. Robert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jacquelyn Zeitinger (nee Read), his son, Robert Carl, Jr. (Teresa Larsen) and daughter, Janice Read Zeitinger. Eldest son of Fred and Florence (Theby), and brothers, Donald J. (Dorothy), both deceased, and Raymond H. Zeitinger; uncle of Donald (Lori) and Thomas Zeitinger.
Robert is a Navy veteran who served at the close of World War II and again during the Korean War. Thereafter, he graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School (advertising major) where he was elected to the Journalism Honor Society (Kappa Tau Alpha). Robert was employed by three marketing communication firms, with his longest tenure at Batz-Hodgson-Neuwoehner. He left the company as a Director of Firm, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary to assist in the strategy and development of a new direct marketing company.
Robert was active in a number of organizations and held elective office in most, including business/professional advertising associations, Missouri Pilot Association, United States Pilots Association, Life Line Pilots, Angel Flight, United Flying Octogenarians, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Quiet Birdmen, Moolah Shrine Air Patrol and Masonic Anchor Lodge, Shriners, Royal Order of Jesters, and St. Louis Court #81 Fraternities.
In his personal life, Robert was a writer, an accomplished photographer and an aviation enthusiast. He had many articles published in youth and aviation publications and high school text books, with most articles featuring his photographs. Robert held a commercial pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He flew charitable flights, both medical and compassionate, in ten Midwestern states. Robert’s most rewarding flights were as a pilot for Moolah Shrine Air Patrol flying pediatric patients to and from Shriners hospitals. Robert has flown into every state in the continental USA and Alaska and piloted international flights to Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Bahamas. One of his many aviation adventures included flying with his friend, Arnold Zimmerman in a twin engine aircraft crossing the Atlantic via the polar route to Europe.
The memorial service will be held Friday, June 9, 2017 at the St. Lucas United Church of Christ at 11735 Denny Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63126. Visitation at the church begins at 9 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Cemetery at 10180 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123. A reception will follow immediately after the cemetery service at the St. Lucas UCC parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to Moolah Transportation Fund, 12545 Fee Fee Road, St. Louis, MO 63146 or to Angel Flight Central, Inc., 10 NW Richards Road, Kansas City, MO 64116 or the charity of your choice in honor of Robert C. Zeitinger.