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James "Jim" Zabek

January 2, 1947 — November 21, 2019

James M. "Jim" Zabek, 72, of Owensboro, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born in Ware, Massachusetts to Leon A. and Beverly Catherine Huard Zabek.

Jim earned an associate degree at Quinsigamond Community College before enrolling at Southern Massachusetts Technical Institute where he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He was employed at Carrier in Glasgow, Kentucky for several years before joining Accuride of Henderson. Jim's career at Accuride lasted many years and evolved into the role of a Lean Manufacturing Consultant. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, was on the Board of Directors at Owensboro Museum of Science and History, served as a key part of Owensboro's "Holiday Stroll" and spent seven years as a dedicated volunteer with Daviess County High School Band. Jim enjoyed sailing, spending time at the beach, model trains and collecting Legos. His granddaughter, Madison, says he could make the best cheeseburger in town!

He was preceded in death by his wife of twenty years, Terri Head Zabek in 2001 and his father Leon A. Zabek in 1988.

He is survived by a daughter, Sara Zabek (Chase Morgan) ; his mother, Beverly Catherine Huard Zabek; and his granddaughter, Madison L. Morgan, all of Owensboro.

The service will be at 12:00 PM, Saturday, November 23 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory where visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00 until 12:00 PM. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Owensboro Museum of Science and History, 122 E 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42303 or the Sarah Cannon Foundation, 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd. Suite 800, Nashville, TN 37203.

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