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Angel Zavala

KSAL StaffAugust 13, 2018

Angel Zavala, 90, Salina, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at his home. He was born March 24, 1928 in Hoisington, KS, the son of Gabriel and Higinia Zavala. Angel graduated from Newton High School in 1946, serving in the U.S. Army from 51 to 53. He married Beatrice Alejos in 1959.

He worked at a Salina bakery mixing dough in the early 60’s and as a part time contract hauler for the Salina Journal delivering bundles of newspapers to surrounding cities. He received his own route in 1963. After the bakery shut down, he worked as a furnace operator at Roberts Industries (later Federal Mogul) until their plant shut down in 1982. He continued to work for the Salina Journal retiring Aug. 31, 2014, completing 53 years as a contract hauler. He enjoyed movies, photography, fishing, watching Royals games and spending time with his family. He was always thrilled to see or watch any of his family and friends involved in any activity. He expressed his love openly and those who knew him knew of his kindness and generosity.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Carmen, Mike, Benita, Felicia, Lucio and Eugene. His survivors include his wife, Beatrice, of the home; sons, Frank and John Zavala, Salina; granddaughter, Martina (Brant) Benjamin and great grandson, Aidan, all of Salina; his brother, Albert, Stockton, CA and many nieces and nephews throughout Kansas and California.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Friday, August 17, 2018 at the St. Mary’s Queen of the Universe Catholic Church. Friends may call at the Ryan Mortuary on Thursday, Aug. 16th from 4 until 8 pm where Vigil services will be held at 7:00 pm that evening. For more information or to leave condolences go to

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