George Mertland Zinn, 75, of Fairmont, formerly of Morgantown, husband of Kay Fleming Zinn, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown.
Born Aug. 9, 1944, in Kingwood, George was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine Higgs Zinn; his father and stepmother, Harold Hamilton Zinn and MaryLou Zinn; and his nephew Paul Crawford.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert Fleming Zinn and Tiffany Becilla Zinn, and their children, Ava and Cooper, of Hillsborough, N.C.; his daughter, Karen Zinn Stallman, and her daughter, Sarah Stallman, of Fairmont, and former son-in-law, Jason Stallman, of Bridgeport. He also is survived by two sisters and their husbands, Madeline and Edward Crawford, of Mountain City, Ga., and Jodie and Steve Laprade, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister- and brother-in-law, Linda and Richard Kerr, of Morgantown; and nieces and nephew, Trudy Kerr Lonegan, Amy Kerr Howat, Chemin Rivnyak, Joseph Berry, Raven Clark and Rachel Schattie.
George graduated in 1962 from Morgantown High School, where he met Kay Fleming during his sophomore year. They were married in 1966. He attended West Virginia University before transferring to the University of Florida. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army in Kaiserslautern, Germany, before returning to Gainesville to complete his degree. He worked in human resources for Consol Energy in Morgantown, and retired after 27 years.
George loved his family, which drove everything he did, and appreciated spending time with his three grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling, whether around Europe while stationed in Germany, or on summer beach vacations.
Friends may join the family to honor George’s life and legacy at Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Westover/Morgantown from 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 until the time of the memorial service at 7 p.m. officiated by Pastor David Hall.
Inurnment will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, where Full Military Honors will be accorded. Those wishing to attend the committal service are asked to gather at the cemetery no later than 9:50 a.m. on Friday.