World War II veteran Ed Zasadil died peacefully at home on Friday Dec. 8 at the age of 93.
Zasadil enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 at the age of 18 and served with the U.S. Army Band during his two years. He was a long time member and past Treasurer of the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights. He was also a long-time member of St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Chicago and a devoted fan of the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony.
He and his surviving partner, Larry Simpson, also a veteran, were together for 55 years.
Video interviews with the couple are available at chicagogayhistory.org/video_bio.html .
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, 2921 South Harlem Ave., Berwyn and a funeral held Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Adolf.
A Celebration of Ed's Life, with some of the music that Ed loved, will be held Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pauls United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard St., Chicago, IL 60614