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Jim Zablow was a man of family and faith

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 7:02 p.m. CDT; updated 8:45 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2014

COLUMBIA — Jim Zablow loved fishing, vacation, family and a more unique interest: the Civil War. In fact, he was so interested in the Civil War, he took his family on vacations everywhere to see reenactments.

"Family was his life," his daughter, Jamelle Zablow-Moloney, said. "He took us on vacation all the time."

Jim Adam Zablow of Columbia died Sunday, July 13, 2014. He was 77.

He was born June 15, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wis., to John and LaVita (Deppler) Zablow. He married Lucy Meyer on Nov. 25, 1978, in New Haven, Mo.

Mr. Zablow worked as a minister in New York before the death of his parents. After he quit his job as a minister, he became a truck driver.

Jamelle said her father told many stories about his truck-driving career. Once, he was delivering a tractor-trailer to a spot on the side of the highway. When he got there, a man came up to him with a gun and threatened to shoot him if he looked in his rearview mirror.

"When he got back, he was so mad, and his boss was laughing at him," Jamelle said.

Mr. Zablow had been delivering the tractor-trailer to the mob, and nobody had told him.

Afterward, Mr. Zablow quit his job as a truck driver to get married and care for his family.

"We always believed we were soul mates," Mrs. Zablow said. "We were always the boat and the paddle. Sometimes we switched roles, but one of us was always the boat and the other the paddle."

Later, he became a manager at Sinclair gas station on Stadium Boulevard in Columbia for 36 years, and taught the Quest class, a class on spiritual growth, at the Unity Center of Columbia for 26 years.

"The lessons we learned from him and his spirituality have helped us get through (his death)," Jamelle said. "He always knew what to say. Whenever I had a problem and I called him, he told me to calm down and that the universe would put it right — and he was always right."

Mr. Zablow is survived by his wife, Lucy; daughter, Jamelle Zablow-Moloney, and her husband, John, of Columbia; aunt Elaine; and granddaughters Josephine and Jimmamine.

His parents, John and LaVita (Deppler) Zablow, died earlier.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at The Unity Center of Columbia, 1600 W Broadway. Memorial contributions can be made to the family, 3501 E. New Haven Rd., Apartment 103, Columbia, MO 65201; to Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO 65202; or to the Unity Center of Columbia, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.


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