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Man held fond memories of Western Pa.

Mary Pickels
Zachary Thomas Zufall, 32, a native of Pittsburgh, died in his home in Huntington, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2014.

Growing up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Zachary Zufall was an avid fan of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, and enjoyed fishing in the streams of the Laurel Highlands.

“My father had a cabin in the Laurel Mountains that was most precious to Zachary. We spent lots of family time there with my mother and father when he was growing up,” said his mother, Holly Trimpey Koff of Wilmington, N.C.

Zachary Thomas Zufall, 32, died unexpectedly in his home in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2014.

He enjoyed home-cooked meals and big family gatherings, his mother said.

“Zachary loved to cook. He loved making stuffed turkey dinners,” Koff said.

A 2000 honors graduate from Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield in Perry County, Mr. Zufall was team leader of his cadet squad, military police and drill team; lead drummer of the marching band; and a member of the varsity cross country track team.

Mr. Zufall completed the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program in Fort Knox, Ky.

He received an associate degree at Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, Mo., and studied occupational therapy at St. Louis University.

Mr. Zufall worked in Internet and cable sales for several years, covering regions in multiple states, including Missouri, New York, Arkansas, California and Texas.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Richard Zufall of Bethel Park; a brother, Spc. Alexander Koff of Fort Hood, Texas; a sister, Madelyn Koff of Pittsburgh; and his grandmother, Claire Enany Trimpey of Wilmington.

Funeral arrangements are being finalized in Wilmington, N.C.

Contributions to a remembrance fund may be made to Holly Koff, 319 Wimbledon Court, Wilmington, N.C., 28412.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or [email protected].

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