Age 70, of Mabank, TX passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017, with his wife and daughters by his side. Rich was born on September 11, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 9th grade, he moved to Indiana, PA where he met his soulmate and beloved wife of 50 years, Donna Lowman Zottola. He joined the United States Air Force in 1966 and served his country during the Vietnam War. After returning to Indiana from active duty, he turned a love of photography into his business, Zottola Studios, which he owned before selling and moving to Texas in 1978. He received his Electrical Engineering degree from Wayland Baptist University in Wichita Falls, TX and worked for Lockheed Martin as a Senior Electronics Engineer over 25 years before retiring to lake life in 2012. Rich loved fishing, the Pittsburgh Steelers, traveling the world and The Beatles. Those privileged to know him appreciated his wealth of knowledge and ability to initiate thought provoking conversations within a room. Cooking Italian food, especially his always requested eggplant parmesan, and spending time with family and friends were among his greatest joys. Rich is survived by his wife, Donna Lowman Zottola; daughter, Sheri Barr and husband, Pat; daughter, Jenni Leger and husband, Jay; mother, Catherine A. “Betty” Zottola; sister, Anita Fabian and husband, Joe; brother, Art Zottola and wife, Mindy; sister, Patty Wojton; grandchildren, Zachary Zottola, Logan Leger and Whitney Leger; numerous nephews and nieces; and a large and loving group of extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Zottola. At Rich's request, his body was donated to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for the advancement of science. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
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PostedSeptember 04, 2017