With the passing of Frederick Jacob Zint, 84, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, Lima, who resided in Wapakoneta, four generations of the Zint name came to an end in Wapakoneta. Born Oct. 3, 1929, in Lima, to Frederick Joseph Zint and Pearl Lillian (Olson) Zint, who at the time were residing at 717 W. Auglaize St., Fred, as he was generally known, was the great-grandson of Joseph Zint (the name was spelled ZUND in the old country) who had emigrated from the Alstatten in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1865 shortly after the end of the Civil War. His grandfather was Jacob Christian Zint, a local shoe store owner and saloon keeper. Frederick Joseph, the deceasedâ€™s father, was the eldest of 10 children.
Fredâ€™s great-great-grandparents include Casper Schmidt, who emigrated from Steinach, Bavaria, Germany in 1834, and obtained one of the original grants north of the Wapakoneta city limits, along with Robert Braun, and settled in the county in the mid-19th century.
In 1938, Fredâ€™s father accepted a position with the Federal Home Loan Bank system (he was later appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank) in Cincinnati and the family moved to that city. The deceased graduated from Western Hills High School in that city and attended the University of Cincinnati for several years before attending and graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. Immediately on graduation, he received a commission in the U.S. Air Force and served two years during the Korean Conflict. Several years post discharge from the military, he received a masterâ€™s degree from the University of Iowa in hospital administration. Over the following two decades, Mr. Zint progressed from entry level administrative positions to become chief executive officer of a large metropolitan hospital.
At this juncture, Mr. Zint retired, relatively early, from the pressures of the executive suite and, as he often stated, â€śre-invented himselfâ€ť and returned to the classroom at Indiana University to receive his degree in nursing (R.N.). Thereafter, he served in acute care clinical units in major teaching hospitals for over a decade.
In 1984, he returned to Wapakoneta where he undertook the care of his aged mother while accepting employment at Auglaize Acres. He continued on for several years following his motherâ€™s death before â€śretiringâ€ť in 1992. In 1995, he once again returned to the classroom and added EMT to his resume and saw limited experience with the local private ambulance firms.
During his adult years, Mr. Zint had maintained memberships in various fraternal, military and community service organizations, including the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, the Alpha Kappa Psi business professions fraternity, the Arnold Air Society (a charter member), the Air Force Association, the American College of Hospital Administrators, the American Nurses Association, the American Lung Association (serving on the Indiana State Board) and multiple volunteer activities for the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and the local Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District. He was also a member of the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels.
Mr. Zint, it seems, was preserving almost a family tradition, and remained unmarried. By his own admission, however, he did admit to having lived a robust life.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, James Thornton, of Plano, Texas, three nieces, two nephews and several cousins.
Mr. Zint is to be cremated. No services are scheduled. Just remember him in your prayers. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of the donorâ€™s choice.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, where condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.