The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Ivan E. Zastrow


Ivan E. Zastrow, 86, of Killingwor­th, beloved husband of Gertrude Swarat Zastrow, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2021 at Aaron Manor in Chester, CT. Born in Leaf Valley, MN on June 27, 1935, he was the son of Ewald and Florence Kalpin Zastrow.

Ivan received a wrestling scholarshi­p to attend the University of Minnesota and later enlisted in the US Air Force, while stationed in Reno, NV as a survivalis­t trainer. He was a tool and die maker for Carling Technologi­es in Plainville for many years until his retirement.

Ivan enjoyed being active. He climbed the Grand Teton Mountains every summer and golfed and played tennis. He was an avid Minnesota Viking fan. He loved traveling cross country with his wife in their RV. Ivan was inducted into the Wrestling Coaches Associatio­n Hall of Fame in Minnesota in 2014.

Besides his wife Gertrude of 65 years, he is survived by his two children; Ivan A Zastrow and partner Penny Harrah of Killingwor­th and Jacqueline Jazo and husband Preston of Westbrook.

A private service with the Military Honors will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Killingwor­th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Michael J Fox foundation www.michaeljfo­ For online condolence­s, please visit

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