CELEBRATING ZABEL: Send-Off For WHO Icon

Family, friends and fans said their final goodbyes to the broadcasting icon, Jim Zabel Friday evening.

Zabel passed away last month at his Arizona home at the age of 91.

He is known for his 69 years of work on television and radio for WHO and as an announcer for the Hawkeyes for five decades.

A celebration of life was held at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. But how do you begin to do justice to the sound track to five decades worth of Hawkeye hopes and dreams?

The answer was to embrace all the things Jim Zabel loved.

Cue the music.  Zabel loved those big band sounds.  He loved Sinatra and as WHO’s Van Harden knows more than anything, Jim loved people.

“I`ve read all these things hey you`re not supposed to be friends with your employees.  That`s bologna.  Jim and I were such good friends.  We laughed and laughed together and told stories.”

Z’s wife, Jill was grateful that family and friends could gather together in his honor, “He would have loved this, absolutely loved it; the music, the tribute.”

All that`s left are the memories; his famous calls, advice and his famous motto are what do justice to Jim Zabel.

“He was a wonderful man.  I`ll miss him terribly.  He`s just the love of my life,” Jill added.

To view more videos and memories of Zabel, click here.

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