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A large community of family and friends mourns the death of Art Zago, who died of pneumonia and other complications brought on by COVID-19 on November 21, 2020. Trying to describe Art in words is like taking a black and white photograph of fireworks—he was colorful and loud, feisty and funny, loving and much beloved, and will be missed by many.
Art was born in New York City on March 3, 1927. He was one of three children of Anthony Zago and Antoinette Riosa Zago.
After his service in World War II, in the US Coast Guard, Art attended Kansas State University. Upon graduation, he settled in Kansas City, MO, where he worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and raised his family of five children. His zest for life made his home a gathering place for his children and their friends, many of whom became his lifelong friends as well.
Art was a sportsman who loved waterskiing, fishing, boating, camping, golf, and handball. He was known as the best dancer around and a great (somewhat repetitive) joke teller.
Art was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Clair, and brother, Bill; and two of his children, Tom Zago, and Debra Zago, along with Debra’s son, Ryan Keen.
He is survived by his loving wife, Alice Zago, his three children and three stepchildren. He leaves Lori (Ralph) Costibile, and Lori’s son; Kathy (Mitch) O’Roark and their 3 daughters; and Robert (LaWanda) Zago and their 5 children. He also leaves three stepchildren: Andrea Routh; Steve (Christy) Routh and their three children; and Greg (Tami) Routh and their 3 children. He is also survived by Debra’s two children and many great grandchildren.
The family will schedule a celebration of Art’s life next year, when the pandemic is less of a risk.