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Zookoff - ZANE P. SCHROEDER

ZANE P. SCHROEDER was born September 21, 1960 in Houston, Texas. He departed this life on March 8, 2004 at the age of 43 years. Zane will be remembered as a loving and caring person who had a true love of family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Julius Schroeder. Mr. Schroeder is survived by his wife, Melissa Schroeder; daughter, Amanda Schroeder; son, Zack Schroeder; step-sons, Matthew Sneed, Bradley Sneed, and Jacob Sneed; mother, Helen Schroeder; sisters, Sue Proffitt and Debbie Hughes; brthers, Bill McKay and wife, Cindy, Mike Proffitt, Sam Proffitt and wife, Charlene, and Larry Schroeder and wife, Lisa. Family and friends will gather for visitation on Thursday, March 11, 2004 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home. A service to remember Zane's life will be held at 10:00am on Friday, March 12, 2004 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at 2:30pm in the Riesel Cemetery in Riesel, Texas.


In copying these I read a lot of love...we were all very lucky to have Zane in our lifes..




March 20, 2004
I was a high school classmate of Zane's (Waco-University), and want to express my heartfelt sympathy to Zane's family and friends on his sudden passing. I will keep the family in my prayers. It's been a long time since I saw Zane, but with the help of the UHS yearbook, the memories are coming back. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Paula Scott Schnettler (san antonio, TX )
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March 18, 2004
Zane was a good man. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
Sid Love (Lufkin, TX )
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March 16, 2004
Wow. I really miss jamming with my dear friend. Last night i watch a video of a concert zane, todd and I did. Lots of good times. What a guy.
Ralph Rose (Lufkin, TX )
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March 16, 2004
I only knew Zane for the short time he was at KBR, but he displayed confidence, strength and true expertise in his field. He made us laugh, he understood the 'Stress'!, and he wasn't afraid to try new things. I'm happy one of those new things was with me when we went out for Vietnamese food and introduced him to our favorite dish. Zane - In a short time, you became my friend. I'll miss you.
Kim Cate (Sugar Land, TX )
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March 16, 2004
Why must Man always attempt to put a question mark where Gid puts a period? This child of God will be missed in this life...but I rejoice in the fact that I will see him in another.
I will always remember the support and understanding you provided. Janet G. Johnson
Janet Johnson (Houston, TX )
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March 15, 2004
God always takes the good ones first. Zane you were truly a God send for me during my time of grief and I will never forget it. My prayers and sympathy to your family.
A friend always from SLB
Susan Rand (Houston, TX )
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March 14, 2004
A special memorial fund for Zane P. Schroeder has been set up for his family. Donations can be made at any Washington Mutual branch. Account number is 0934501786
Checks can be made out to the Zane Schroeder Memorial Fund.
Yolanda Garcia (Houston, TX )
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March 13, 2004
Tony Sanders (Richland Hills, TX )
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March 13, 2004
Zane, our fondest memories of you were when we gathered at the lake, the late night pickin' and grinnin' sitting on blankets outside the cabin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family in their time of sorrow. God surely must have had something special in mind for you to have called you home so soon. We feel we have someone else up there with Terri and David watching over us all.
Howard & Jane Sanders (Amarillo, TX )
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March 12, 2004
Now when the thunder comes and the big guy fires up his ride, he'll have a newbie with a big grin on his face ready to roll. Ride on big brother, ride on.
icemanzo (Herndon, VA )
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March 13, 2004
I last saw Zane at a family reunion about 20 years ago. The times our family spent together at the lake became some of my most cherished childhood memories. During these reunions, the time I most looked forward to began late in the evening when, as the heat of the day was wearing off, people would slowly begin to gather outside. Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends…we were all there. Somewhere in the middle would be Zane, guitar in hand, accompanied by my uncle Kenneth. Between the two of them, they would managed to stumble their way through the songs being requested, occasionally throwing in their own version, singing “you picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel” to the tune of Kenny Rogers “Lucille”. We would sing and laugh late into the night and enjoy just being together.
We have faced the loss of our loved ones too many times over the last few years but, as our family becomes smaller, our hearts grow with the memories of these special times we’ve had together. Zane will forever be in that special place in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Howard, Jane, Tony, Billie & Bobby Sanders
Billie Sanders (Amarillo, TX )
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March 12, 2004
I only met Zane a couple of times, quite an impressive individual. During the visit at his wake this quote from George Matthew Adams came to my mind, that might describe him best. To such a good surrounding group of family and friends - I pass this on and hope that you can find some comfort in these words. I believe that he had these qualities.
"It's what each of us sows, and how, that gives to us character and prestige. Seeds of kindness, goodwill, and human understanding, planted in fertile soil, spring up into deathless friendships, big deeds of worth, and a memory that will not soon fade. . . ."
George Matthew Adams
Ronnie Barnes & Yolanda Garcia (Katy, TX )
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March 12, 2004
Melissa, Amanda, Zack,
I am writing this with a heavy, heavy heart. I was completely floored and saddened to hear of Zane's passing. Zane and I worked together at DP Solutions in Lufkin, and he was our first PC tech guy. When I purchased 1/2 of the company, Zane was one of four (including my dad and me) in the company. We have missed him since he left the big city of Lufkin, and everytime someone says the words "Peachy" to describe how things are or are going, I think of Zane. The big man cast a large shadow. His love of life and family was large. He is missed in Lufkin and beyond. We will keep the Schroeder family in our prayers. Know that others are praying you through this sad time in your life.
Bruce Love (Lufkin, TX )
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March 12, 2004
I'll miss you Zane. Thank you for providing an insight into leading a good life.
Rina (Houston, TX )
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March 12, 2004
Good bye my friend, you will be missed.
Jim (Monkey Puncher) McCabe (Auburn Township, OH )
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March 12, 2004
Enjoy the ride, your sure not to break down where you ride now, keep an eye on the rest of us.....
Vtwin (bellaire, MI )
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March 12, 2004
My most sincere sympathies to Zane's family. I too only knew him from the VOL site where he will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.
Rest easy brother, you were truly loved.
Bill Ford (Kitchener, ON )
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March 12, 2004
Zane was a great friend and person to work with. I know that he will be sorely missed by anyone who got to know him. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Vu Nguyen (Sugar Land, TX )
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March 12, 2004
I am saddened by your loss wish I could have met him.
A Vol Member
Bf4cm28 (South Beloit, IL )
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March 12, 2004
Even though I am new to the Volusia "family" I Feel such great loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Christina Luciano (Morrisville, PA )
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March 12, 2004
My deepest sympathy for Zane's family. Zane touched so many lives in a positive way.
God rest his soul.
Curtis Meyers (KYcruiser) (Louisville, KY )
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March 12, 2004
My sincere condolences to Zane's family. I'm very sorry for you loss.
Even though I never met him in person, I feel that through the message board I knew him well.
This is a reminder to all us of how fragile life is and the short time we have to live it.
We should be looking at our own lives and living it as Zane did. We should be expressing our love to our wives, husbands, and children. We should understand the importance of making and holding on to friendships.
We all miss him. Someday, we will all get together at the Ultimate Rally Meet to have fun, share stories, and do some riding.
Hal Reynolds (Blythe, CA )
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March 12, 2004
A very nice young man. His music will be welcome in Heaven.
Bill & Frances Gordy (Zavalla, TX )
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March 12, 2004
Bob Keene (Wilmington, OH )
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March 12, 2004
May our Heavenly Father give you and your family the strenght to get through the next few days. My sincere sympathy. I will be joining in the bike salute tomorrow.
John & Pat Yanchak (Windsor Heights, WV )
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March 12, 2004
I've known Zane (better knows as dad) for 15 1/2 years, my entire life. He is one of the greatest people I know. I am going to miss him so much. I love you daddy!
Amanda Schroeder (Katy, TX )
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March 12, 2004
Wonderful person with heart warming words. In honor, Rest.
Anthony Mok (Paramus, NJ )
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March 12, 2004
Zook, We will miss you. Ride on!
Jim Bennett (Nesconset, NY )
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March 11, 2004
I never met Zane but I know the loss and emptiness this brings to those who love him. He may not be here in body, but his spirit and all he gave to those around him will live forever.
May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ comfort his family and friends, and fill their hearts with the wonderful memories of a loving man, husband and father.
Randy Forrest (Kenner, LA )
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March 11, 2004
Zane was Youth Director at Angel of Joy Lutheran Church in Lufkin, Texas in the late 90s. All our Youth adored him. Zane would take them for pizza after service and they had some very fine times. He loved to sing and play his guitar at service and played with a group here in Lufkin - wherever people would gather. We recall them playing and singing one very hot summer afternoon in a parking lot. We send our sympathy to Melissa, Jan and all the children.
Keith & Martha Sutton (Lufkin, TX )
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I too had never met Zane other than on the Vol forum. From the tributes written here by his friends, anyone can see he will be truly missed. My deepest condolences.
Dave (West Chester, PA )
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March 11, 2004
Your legacy will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all you've touched. Ride on, Zane.
Dave and Misti
Dave (Volusiaguy) Elkins (Aliso Viejo, CA )
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March 11, 2004
God has a plan for all of us, unfortunately this plan takes us away from our loved ones when least expected, but take comfort in knowing your loved one will always be in your heart and no one can take that away from you. Deepest sympathies, from SLB Sugar Land.
SLB Sugar Land (Sugar Land, TX )
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March 11, 2004
I never physically met Zane but I considered him a brother. May he be with God and God with his family. Keep riding the great blue highways Zane.
Lawrence Rihel (Warren, OH )
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March 11, 2004
We will ride in your memory ...
Please look down on us once in a while ... and bless us with your smile ...
May God's Blessings overflow for his family and friends who now remember him ...
Bill Adams aka - ChasmanGSO (Greensboro, NC )
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March 11, 2004
We did not know Zane personally but from the VOL site we were inspired by him and all those that loved him. Sorry Mrs. Z and family, our prayers go out to all. ZANE, RIDE FREE FOREVER.
RADAR&WILDONE
BLACKTOP CRUISERS, BURLESON, TEXAS
Dennis&Lisa Clouse (Keene, TX )
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March 11, 2004
My thoughts go out to Zane and his family, you have my deepest sympathy. Keep on riding buddy.
Ken Zushman (Winnipeg, MB )
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March 11, 2004
May the Lord be riding with you and two fingers down from a fellow VOL member. Our prayers are with Melissa and the family. May God Bless!
David (Fitzband) Martin (Delavan, IL )
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March 11, 2004
My deepest sympathies from north of the border. I didn't know Zane but I very much enjoyed his posts and it is sad to see someone go so early and suddenly.
Dave Underhill (Straffordville, ON )
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March 11, 2004
you'll be missed zookoff.
fellow VOL--rt
robert towe (cincinnati)
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March 11, 2004
The first time I met Zane was at a grade school carnival, he was asking about a Volusia T-shirt I had on and we talked about bikes. We spoke several other time a different events and I was amazed that someone with such a dominating presence could be so open and easy to talk to. Zane had his priorities in order and family was at the top of the list.
Brian Cantrell (Katy, TX )
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March 11, 2004
I was just floored when I read about Zane this morning.. I feel really bad for you & for the kids my heart goes out to you.. I went to school with Zane.. I know he will truly be missed.. God Bless
Sue Ashley (Waco, TX )
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March 11, 2004
I'm sorry to say that I had never met Zane other than through the VOL forum. When I read the tributes to him by members of the group who personally knew him and those, like myself, who only communicated with him, I couldn't help but cry for the loss of such a fine person. He will be missed. I wish only the best for Mrs. Zook and the family.
Ron Wade (Indy, IN )
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March 11, 2004
I am one of the many who never had the chance to meet Zane. But thought there would be time. His articles on the V.O.L. site are so inspiring, funny and full of well...him. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Hugs to Melissa and the kids.
Nancy Grimes (Cut N Shoot, TX )
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March 11, 2004
Another vol member offering prayers and condolences. I didn't know Zane personally, but felt that I knew him a bit through his posts. Ride on brother.
Jeff Bush (Bryans Road, MD )
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March 11, 2004
Zane, I didn't know you, but that doesn't matter. I know you were a special person from reading your posts on the VOL board. You will be sorely missed. Prayers of comfort to the Schroeder family and friends.
Steve (Burky) Burkholder (Shippensburg, PA )
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March 11, 2004
As a fellow member of the VOL club I am touched by the loss of Zane. My sincerest condolences to his wife and children. may God bless you during this most difficult time.
Glenn Tracy (detuner2001) (Winterville, NC )
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March 11, 2004
What a privilege it has been to know and work with Zane. What a gift he was to all of us. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met, and he made this world a nicer place to be. I’m sure he’ll be doing the same in the next. Melissa, may God continue to watch over and comfort you and your children, and may your faith remain strong in the face of the unfathomable.
Matt and Maryann Novi (Houston, TX )
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March 11, 2004
Tough on the outside but warm within, Zane was truly a wonderful person to have known. He will be sadly missed. I wish the family courage and strength during this trying times.
Dib Rakshit (Houston, TX )
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March 11, 2004
The blessings of Jesus Christ, our Savior, go with you and be with your family always.
My deepest condolences.
Ruben Soto (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA )
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March 11, 2004
"They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them."
Natalie / UHS Class of '78
Natalie Beach (Tijerina) (Garland, TX )
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March 11, 2004
Zane was a classmate of mine in Waco Texas at University. I remember him as being gentle and very intelligent and he loved playing his guitar. We have lost several classmates and each one comes as a surprise as we are too young to go. I know God must have big plans for him.
I pray for your family, may you find comfort in the arms of angels. Zane was a great guy and I am sorry we did not get to visit with him at one of our class reunions before his way to early departure from here.
God speed, I know you will miss him but he will always be here in spirit.
Judy Jones
Classmate University/Waco Texas
Judy Jones (Waco, TX )
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March 11, 2004
Zane was an ever friendly, and ever helpful guy. As someone that only chatted with him a few times, I didn't know him as well as many, but he always brought a smile to my day. My prayers are with his family, and the world has lost a true asset.
Jon (madcap) Riek (St. Louis, MO )
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March 11, 2004
Another VOL brother here, praying for God to bless & comfort your family
Baldddguy
David Huddle (Westerville, OH )
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March 11, 2004
My condolences to the family.
Natalie (Tijerina)Beach
UHS Class of '78
Natalie Beach (Tijerina) (Garland, TX )
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March 11, 2004
Melissa:
Just as so many things are going on in our family right now, the only way we will ever be at peace with God's decision is to accept it as God's PERFECT will. I know it seems impossible that God would take Zane from us but you can lean on family for strength. Aunt Connie shares a unique insight into what you are feeling and is available to talk to you any time if you just call. We love you and will be here for you. Sorry we can't come down but I know you understand all that's going on here in Indiana.
Dave Pearce (Mount Vernon, IN )
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March 11, 2004
Zane, I never met you but enjoyed your discussions and responses in the VOL community. You were part of an online and personal brother and sisterhood that will always remember a great contributor and friend. God Bless your family and Rest in Peace Brother.
Jeff Miller (Hummelstown, PA )
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March 11, 2004
Zane, I will always remember what you did for me and my family. Thank you. It's a comfort to know that we now have an Angel, Zane P. Schroeder watching over us all. Ride easy my brother. Pot
Jeffrey McBrien (Kings Park, NY )
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March 11, 2004
Zane,
Like many form the Vol..I have never met you..but you have touched my life in a positive way. Your love and dedication to your family was truly amazing. I will miss your posts and pennings..I know we will meet and ride the highways of heaven someday bro.
Via con Dios mi hermano.
Peace,
Curt(aka Firstcruiser)
Curt Rodriguez (Wildomar, CA )
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March 11, 2004
Zook will be greatly missed. Melissa and Schroeder Family.... I am thinking and praying for you. We are here for you... if you need anything... May G-d wrap His Strong Loving Arms around you All.
Mary Machnica mooomac VOL (Hamburg, NY )
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March 11, 2004
I will always remember Zane as a good friend and caring person who went out of his way to make thing happen and had a big shoulders, he will be in my thoughts
Sia Dehghan (Houston, TX )
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March 11, 2004
Zane,
For all that you offered to so many people, you are missed. The love you have for your family has always been evident...RIDE ON BROTHER ZOOK.
Christopher Slater (Slaterman) (Omaha, NE )
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March 11, 2004
Melissa, our hearts and prayers are with you and the kids. Sending love -
Steve and Juli Longacre
Juli Longacre (Katy, TX )
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March 11, 2004
I never had the honor of meeting Zane - I never even chatted with him but he sincerely touched my life. His genuine love for his wife and family and his level-headed yet optimistic outlook is something that I will always keep - it is something that will remind me to be the better person that he was (and continues to be through memories and words). Thank you Zane for sharing your life with me and so many others. You made the world a better place and you made a lasting impact. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless you all. - Mitch (photogrider)
Mitch Traphagen (Tampa, FL )
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March 11, 2004
Zane...You touched me with your ability to share your thoughts and feelings in such warm and enjoyable words. You touched me with your dedication and love for your family, your friends, your life. Ride on, brother. I am honored to have known you...if only through the written word.
..Sappy
Eric
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March 11, 2004
Unbelievable sadness & shock. It is so hard when a friend I have never met passes. If Zane was local, I would be able to give his wife a hug, help with house chores or meals or whatever. So many miles away, yet the loss feels like a close family member has left us.
God bless Melissa and family.
Spirit-Led
Larry Storey (Peterborough, ON )
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March 11, 2004
Melissa and kids, I know this is a very hard time in your lives, and so unexpected. God has a plan for all of our lives, and it was Zane's time to go home and be with God. There is always a purpose in what happens to each of us, we may never know what that was, but for some reason God was ready for him to come home. I hope that you will take comfort in God at this time, he can help you deal with the pain, and sorrow. Lean on him and let him help you through this.
Zane was a great person. I take pride in knowing him for these past few months as he has supported me and my staff here in Kuwait, Baghdad, Afghanistan, and Djibouti. He always put us first on his tasks that he was working on, and was always there to help us find answers for our problems. Take pride in knowing that he was a hard worker, a gentle spirit, and a dedicated father. He talked frequently about his family, I know that he loved each of you dearly.
Melissa, if there is anything that we can do to help you during this difficult time, please let me know and I will see what I can do for you. I may be in Kuwait and Baghdad, but I still have email and a phone. Please take care and God be with you and your family at this time. I will miss Zane very much.
Stan Young (KBR) (Kuwait City)
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March 11, 2004
The words of Zane were read by all, and for them we are thankful. My deepest sympathies to Melissa, Amanda and Zack.
Aubrey (Asian Redneck) Mullerworth (Roswell, GA )
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March 11, 2004
My condolences to the family.
Rest in peace, my Volusia Owners League brother; Whom, I never had the honor to meet. Your posts touched my life.
(Wood Welder)
Gary Reeder (Medicine Hat, AB )
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March 10, 2004
Zook you will be remembered. Ride the wind bro.
Michael (mox-nix) Albert (Atchison, KS )
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March 11, 2004
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. John 11:25
I can't believe it Zane. We were just joking in your office about the overseas project and the crazy times at SLB. You wonderful presence and spirit, that chiseled chin and great smile will be missed by all.
God Bless You and Yours Eternally.
Steven Villarreal (Houston, TX )
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March 11, 2004
Zane, what can I say..You are the love of my life, you are my best friend, my lover, my confidant..my world. I miss you so terribly..my heart aches and I want to wake up..I want this nightmare to be over! I am so fortunate to have found you and like we have always said..We are soulmates. We are meant to be together and my life without you just seems empty. I was looking forward to our future..our trip to Liberty, TX this weekend, my birthday party next month, our trip to Eureka Springs in July. I miss you terribly...I want you to come home! I need you here with me and the kids. I am fortunate, I have loved and been loved so totally unconditionally for 5 years..some people do not find that in a lifetime. I love you with all my heart..Please wrap your arms around me and help me through this.
Melissa Schroeder (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Though some of us never got to meet Zane, as he had only recently joined the SCRC Conroe riding club, I know we have surely missed the experience of a very special person.
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Melissa, know that you and the children are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all and lend you the strength to carry you through this difficult time.
Julie Garner (Cypress, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Thanks for your inspiring words and your shining example. I only knew you from the site, but as the other members of VOL, will miss you greatly. Take care brother.
InsomniaK (Provo, UT )
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March 10, 2004
Zane was such a friend to all. I will have peace in knowing he is with God but I will miss his fellowship and friendship while I am here.
We often discussed what Gods plans are for each of us and his love of Jesus gives me comfort. My prayers are with the family.
Ed
Edward Hawes (Cypress, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane our first meeting in the workplace was hilarious. We laughed about it for a long time and it's a great story to tell. I'll always remember you Big Guy.
Hector Morales (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Ride free bro...Our hearts and prayers are out to you, and your family.
Dave and Kimberly Boyd (Ocala, FL )
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March 10, 2004
I always enjoyed Zook's posts on the VOL board. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, I will miss him on the board. My heart and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace Brother.
Todd DeAngelis (Harrisburg, PA )
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March 10, 2004
Mrs. Schroeder:
Libby and I wish to send our sympathy to you and your family. We were so shocked at the news and just kept reading it over and over, like it would go away.
Zane had a special gift that he shared with us and we will miss him.
Don (Donk) and Libby Coombs
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March 10, 2004
I regret not having met Zane, except through the message boards. And wish to offer my most sincere condolences to Melissa and family. Rest well and may God bless.
John
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March 10, 2004
Zane, I will miss you. Even though I never met you, we shared a love of motorcycling, so we were bonded together anyway. I will pray for your family as they deal with your passing. God bless.
Vic Schmeltz (Leesburg, VA )
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Smyder (Watkins Glen, NY )
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ca &kathy jobe (amarillo, TX )
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March 10, 2004
I never had the opportunity to personally meet Zane, but I felt I knew who he was inside from his posts at the VOL. He seemed like a man who knew what was important in life--family & friends, and wasn't afraid to say it. His wonderful philosophies about life will be sorely missed, but I hope that we all learned something from them, and that we can all become better people thanks to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Vickie S. (BornToPlay at VOL) (Spokane Valley, WA )
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March 10, 2004
Although I never met Zane in person, he provided encouragement and friendship to me while I was deployed to the Middle East last year. His words of encouragement lifted me in a stressful time away from my family.
May his legacy of giving of himself live long in all of us.
Larry Cottle (Luke AFB, AZ )
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March 10, 2004
Zane, You helped me more than you ever knew, even in your last days you took the time to give me comfort and support. I will miss you dearly friend. Your generosity, and love of life was enormous, and thats what everone loved about you. I hope that you will ride with me always and keep me safe
Kristjan
(Vol-gasm)
Kristjan Savage (Reston, VA )
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March 10, 2004
God speed my friend, condolences and prayers to the family.
Terry Pinto (Aiken, SC )
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March 10, 2004
Zane, you were a friend to all on V.O.L. You will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. Ride on Brother,,,,.
Richard Smallwood (Radcliff, KY )
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March 10, 2004
A true friend to the Volusia Owners Club he will be missed.
David (hirQQler) Gardiner (Downingtown, PA )
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March 10, 2004
As you ride into ETERNITY you will be greatley miss by all RIDE ON BROTHER
John Rock (Rochester, NY )
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March 10, 2004
My prayers go out to the entire Schroeder family for their loss. Zane was one of the most caring and genuine Christian men, who I have ever had the pleasure of working with and knowing. Melissa, he completely adored you & the kids. I know that he is in the presence our our Father God, and for that I am elated. May God bless each of you with His comfort.
Sherry Medick (Houston, TX )
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You will be missed, Bro. Ride in Heaven, forever.
Brian Thibeault (t-bone) (Greenfield, MA )
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March 10, 2004
Very sad news. I only new Zane from his posts and what I read he was a very loving person. We will miss him. I will keep the family in my prayers.
Clyde Greening (Flatrock, NF )
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March 10, 2004
Thanks for broadening my vision and for your always smiling face.
Sam Katbeh (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane,
All though I have never met you, I feel like I know you.
May God bless you and keep you by his side.
Ride on brother.
Dan
Dan Svach (Eastlake, OH )
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March 10, 2004
Zane had a inherent ability to write his thoughts in a very readable and enjoyable manner. I for one will miss his posts. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children.
Woodchip
James Johnston (Chelsea, MI )
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March 10, 2004
sorry to hear the news though i never met you.may the best of things come to the family.my prayers are with you.
drtictoc
jack leonard (lexington, NC )
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March 10, 2004
My friend Zane,
You indeed have touched the lives of many. I for one will never forget your musings. Map those rides for us Zook, we'll join you soon! My condolences for the family from a member of his "extended" VOL family.
Ken (Froghunter) Evans (Titusville, FL )
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March 10, 2004
Zane.....you will be missed Bro. Always enjoyed your post on the Volusia Owners League, your extended family.
Melissa....Our heart felt condolences for your loss. May God look after you and the kids in your hour of need.
Ragman and Sweetcheeks
Bill & Judy Argo (Victoria, TX )
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March 10, 2004
I never met Zane but via the VOL website I felt a kindred spirit. I always looked for his posts and when we conversed I felt that I had known him forever. My deepest sympathy to his family and I will always remember Zookoff.
David Tefft (Alexandria, OH )
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Godspeed brother!! I only knew Zane as a member of Volusia Owners League, but just from his postings I could see he was the type of person I could be proud to call friend. He will be missed... My sincere condolences to his family.
Rich Greene (Wallingford, CT )
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March 10, 2004
Lk:1:79: To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
"hillrad" Volusia Owners League
John Hilliard (Hillsboro, OH )
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March 10, 2004
Melissa, Please accept my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Schroeder family.
Glenn Robinson (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Our condolences.
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Tony & Kittie Guerra (Bella Vista, AR )
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March 10, 2004
My condolences to the family.
Azim Jamal (Spring, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Brother Zook,
We will miss you, but you'll always be remembered. We'll see in you in wind.
Cheryl (BlairWitch) Griesinger (GA )
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March 10, 2004
You'll be missed VOL bro
Manny Moitoso (Buzzards Bay, MA )
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I really wish I had gotten to know Zane better. I always thought there'd be an opportunity. The few times I did meet/talk with him, he was such an impressive man. He really took center stage, and unlike some people, you wanted him there! Melissa, I hope God wraps his arms around your family from here on out, you guys are special. You will always be a part of the Volusia Owners League family, and can turn to us for ANYTHING.
Brian (BriMan) Rusk (Katy, TX )
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March 10, 2004
May the warm memories of your dear one, soothe you in this time of sorrow and help you be at peace. Our prayers are with you, from all of us at Schlumberger.
Maryse Medawar (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
You will be missed Brother.
Gilmo
Gilbert Morales (San Antonio, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane will be sorely missed. His large smile, jolly laugh and imposing height made him unforgetable. He was a big bear - much like Gentle Ben. He appeared invincible and unsinkable. He always seemed to manage to make the best of things and could always make people smile and laugh.
Even as I write this, I struggle with the fact that he is no longer with us, but seek confort in the thought that he is in a much better place.
To his family, sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Yolanda Garcia and Ronnie Barnes
Yolanda Garcia (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane,
Your time on earth seemed all too brief, because we wanted your words to live forever and although we really miss you, in our hearts we know that you are at peace. Your memory and kindness will live on forever. With our deepest sympathies your VOL brothers.
Thanh Phan (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zook was a VOL brother I never had the chance to meet, even though I only knew him through the Internet he will be remembered forever. I will never forget the love he had for his family and the way he put it into words.
You will be missed Brother
Dave Dziepak (Portage, IN )
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March 10, 2004
I pray that you will be comforted in knowing that God suffers your loss with you and He also crys when you cry. May you feel His arms around you when you need strength.
friend at SLB (TX )
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March 10, 2004
I deeply regret not having met Zane, except through the message boards. And wish to offer my sincerest condolences to Melissa and family. Rest well, God bless.
Ghost,
Ron (Ghost) Heikkila (Braidwood, IL )
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March 10, 2004
Your posts always made me think or laugh...we never met but were brothers in a way. Two Motorcyle Guys in two different states with the same dream. Peace
Wayne Hansen (Anaheim, CA )
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March 10, 2004
Dear Schroeder Family,
It is with heartfelt sorrow that we have heard of Zane's passing. Our heart goes out to you all. It was just a few weekends ago we were on a Cub Scout campout with Zane & Zack. That was the first and only time I ever had a chance to meet Zane. At first glance, he was a tall and intimidating fellow. Within a few minutes after meeting him, I was won over by this warm friendly guy with a big heart and a helping hand. He got big kick out of planning and setting up a spooky story to tell the kids that night while we all sat huddled under a tarp in the pouring rain. The next morning he made us all breakfast and enjoyed listening to the kids talk about how scared they had been through the night. I know I saw a big smile on his face that morning. He will be missed by all the scouts and fathers who had the pleasure of meeting him. GOD BLESS YOU ZANE!!!
Richard Skinner (Katy, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane,
Your advice and encouragement will be dearly missed. You were always there for me when I needed someone to talk to.
Melissa and family,
A finer man could not be found, I liked Zane the moment I met him and can say his love for his family and friends was always outwardly apparent. I already miss that big ol grin and will cherish it in my memories.
Chad McManus (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Sabrina Rigney (Roy, UT )
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March 10, 2004
With deep regrets I say goodbye to a beautiful man whom I never personally met, spoke to or for that matter had any contact with what so ever. But yet.....your words of wisdom and your discussions of life in general will forever touch me. God Bless !
Volusia Owners League (Cruz)
Mark Graham (Chillicothe, OH )
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Zook,
You will be always missed and never forgotten. Your kindness and thoughfulness are your legacy. Your memory is your reward for a job well done while with us. Ride on, my brother.
Mick Perfetti (E. Stroudsburg, PA )
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March 10, 2004
Although I only worked for Zane for a short period of time, he was truly a blessing to know. He was the best supervisor that I have ever had and it was a pleasure working for him because of his honesty, patience, understanding and wonderful sense of humor! He will be greatly missed.
I am praying that the Lord will comfort you with his peace, surround you in his love, and encourage you with his presence during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathies and I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Nicole Arnold (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
May he ride in the sky watching over us. Forever on the road in our hearts.
bart2004 (perry, GA )
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March 10, 2004
He is watching over all us and always will be. Keep the Rubber Down Zane.
I send my love and prayers to all his family.
Julie (Avol2) Collins (Steilacoom, WA )
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March 10, 2004
He was a most welcome addition to the VOL extended family and will be missed..
Ride on, Brother.
Tim (Bruise) Rice (Canby, OR )
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March 10, 2004
Your words were glorious, and your presence felt. You will be missed. May the Angels wrap their wings around you with hugs and comfort you.
-jimmy mac- (Vol Sight)
Jim McCaffrey (Edwards Air Force Base, CA )
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March 10, 2004
Our deepest sympathies to friends and family. Zane you will be missed.
Keith & Regina Stancil (Oxford, AL )
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March 10, 2004
Condolences and heart felt symphathy from the Simpson family.David(speedracer3 on the Volusia Owners League) <_________>
David Simpson (Memphis, TN )
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March 10, 2004
Unbelievable sad news. I only new Zane from his posts I will miss him. I will keep the family in my prayers.
Ray {AKA} Nokturnalis (Altoona, PA )
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March 10, 2004
Zane you will be missed by all of us whose lives you touched - rest easy, my friend.
Melissa and family: deepest sympathies from my family to yours.
Bob Pyle (Clinton, NJ )
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Melissa,
I wish you all the strength in the world to make it through this trying time. Zane will be greatly missed.
VOL (vabiker)
Billy Shahinian (Quinton, VA )
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March 10, 2004
Alot of hearts are hurting at the loss of zook. you will be missed. Our love and best wishes to the family. Gerv
Gervin Coulon (Lafitte, LA )
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March 10, 2004
My thoughts and prayers go out to the members of Zane's family. I enjoyed his post and admired his wisdom. He will surely be missed.
Electricjaws
Al Jaworski (Perry Hall, MD )
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March 10, 2004
Godspeed friend.
My thoughts are with you and yours Melissa.
Jason Fondren
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March 10, 2004
Although I believe the streets of Heaven to be paved with gold, I am betting there is some chrome there now, too. Ride on, Zane ...
~Queen of the Hill, VOL~
Karen Malone (West Valley, NY )
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March 10, 2004
Zane, you will truely be missed! All the love from my family to yours.
Steve
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Steve Noel (Bristol, CT )
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March 10, 2004
You will be missed, godspeed Zane
FTP2
Jeremy Hankins (Bridgeport, IL )
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March 10, 2004
Zane left many people with memories of his kindness, strength, and love. He will be missed dearly. I send my deepest condelences to his family.
macnmm (Seattle, WA )
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March 10, 2004
I never knew zookoff, but loved his posts on the VOL. He will be missed but his legacy will live on.
Anne Harper (Essex, MD )
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March 10, 2004
Zane, i may not have met you in person, but feel that i have after reading your article on our "Vol" site. you will always be there when i ride,you will be my tailgunner, we will miss you but never forget you.
The Bugman (south shore, MA )
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Thank you Zook for enriching my life.
Cuttersailor
Mark Spooner (Oceanside, CA )
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March 10, 2004
My contact with Zane was through the Volusia Owners League. His humor, his insight, and his expressions of love for family and friends lightened dark days and brought both tears and smiles. He touched my life, and his passing is a great personal loss to me and to many others.
Jack Dragoni (Chaffee, MO )
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March 10, 2004
I only knew Zane for a couple of years working with him at Schlumberger. We used to have lots of chats about playing guitar and recording as I am a musician/guitarist myself. Zane was a really genuine person and a great guy. He will be greatly missed by friends and family alike.
William Fallon (Humble, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane, you will be missed! Ride on brother! May God wrap his arms around your family from here on so you know they're cared for!
Brian Rusk (Katy, TX )
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March 10, 2004
My heart goes out to Zane's family. Zane will be missed. He touched people clear across the country.
Paul Johnson (Fair Oaks, CA )
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March 10, 2004
You'll be missed!!
Mark Sorrell (Canal Winchester, OH )
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March 10, 2004
Thank you for your thoughts and wisdom expressed on the VOL website. Rest in Peace, brother.
Snooze
Gary Sleap (Denver, CO )
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March 10, 2004
Zane is a good friend; I will miss him greatly. I know he will be checking up on us as we go through our days.
Dennis Stewart (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Rest in peace, brother.
Timothy Gilbert (Polk City, IA )
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March 10, 2004
Lord, thank you for the open air, The Feel of wind blowing through my hair; Just me alone upon my bike, The thrill of freedom is what I like
To wind through country unexplored, Not knowing what I'll see next, Lord. That's what I seek when off I ride. I'm thankful that you're by my side.
If I should ride till morning's light, Please keep me safe throughout the night, And when I come to journey's end, It's you I'll thank - Protector, Friend.
Rick Brusuelas (The Woodlands, TX )
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Zane, May God hold you close and give your family the strength to endure their great loss.
Gary (watercop) Bennett (East Aurora, NY )
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March 10, 2004
One of my favorite memories will be the family reunions at Lake Kemp when we could all gather and truly unite as a family. We will miss you.
Joyce Conner (Vernon, TX )
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March 10, 2004
I never knew you personally. I have beonged to the VOL for a short time, but long enough to realize that everyone here looks at everyone as family. I will be thinking of you and your family on your final ride.
Jeff Dinkel (Columbia Heights, MN )
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Zane,
You've touched many, many people, and I'm not ashamed to admit I'm one of them. I'm proud to consider you my brother, and will remember you every time I mount my black SE.
Ride on, Zook, ride on...
christocc (New York, NY )
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March 10, 2004
We never got to meet Zane but knew him through his writings on the Vol boards. We will miss seeing him on there and send our condolences to his family and friends. May you find peace in knowing how much he was loved by all who knew him.
Josie and Paul Dowell (Seminole, FL )
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March 10, 2004
Melissa, Amanda and Zack,
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
While I had the privilege to work with Zane only for a short time it he was one of the best!!
I met Zane when I was in Houston for Project Management training. I valued the oppertunity to learn from him and will deeply miss him.
Regards,
Darrick Lutz
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Darrick Lutz (Calgary, AB )
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March 10, 2004
William Williams (Oakwood, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Heartfelt condolences.
Stacey Blanchard (Elizabeth, CO )
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March 10, 2004
Frank Lovicott (FRANKL) (Meta, MO )
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March 10, 2004
Ride Forever, My VOL Brother.
I Will Miss You.
Gene Leopard (Covington, GA )
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Sincere condolences from Zane's friends and co-workers in Calgary, Canada.
Robert Bauhuis (Calgary, AB )
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March 10, 2004
Zook, you touched us all.
Ride the wind, brother, ride the wind.
PokerFace (TX )
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March 10, 2004
I only knew Zane through his words, but they had a deep impact on my life. Goodbye brother.
Bryan Davis (Ft. Worth, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Melissa,
Pam and I are so sorry. We wish you and your family the best in this time of sorrow. We pray and know that Zane is in a beautiful place and also pray for you and yours.
Deepest Sympathy,
Elvis and Pam Anderson
Elvis Anderson (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane will be missed by everyone and remembered by all the lives he has touched in his short life with us. We will not forget you.
Jeff Ross (Katy, TX )
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March 10, 2004
My deepest condolences and prayers go out to your family
Frank Krehmeyer (Saint Louis, MO )
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March 10, 2004
My deepest sympathies go out to you Melissa and to all the children. Zane is and always will be missed. I'll ride in your honor tonight in the beautiful full moon with a heavy heart and tear filled eyes my brother.
Paul Remmers (Hallettsville, TX )
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March 10, 2004
You will be missed. Ride on Zane.
Leigh Anderson (Fairfax, VA )
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March 10, 2004
Zane was a wonderful friend. I had made a lasting impression on my life and the lives of the people he knew. He will be missed greatly.
Michael Peled (Houston, TX )
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You will be missed. Ride on!
David (Dsrt) Saxon (Tacoma, WA )
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March 10, 2004
From my family to yours, our thoughts and prayers are with you! Zane, now you can ride each and every day and not have to worry about bugs in your teeth!
Wade (The Volusianator) Forncrook (Green Bay, WI )
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March 10, 2004
I`m a proud member of the Volusia Owners League along with Zane. We traded posts, stories, ride bells and motorcycle books together. His zest for life and great attitude, his well known love for his family and friends made him a respected and valued member of our group. My thoughts and prayers to the Schroeder family.
Wayne (Wango) Hayes (Gansevoort, NY )
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March 10, 2004
you will be remembered in our hearts!
Evilgirl (Maple Grove, MN )
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March 10, 2004
Zane,
We're all gonna miss you bro. words can not express the sadness I feel over your departure from this earth. Though we never met in person, I consider you a great friend, and your memory will always be with me. Ride on Zook, we all love you man!
Jason Pacheco (Boston, MA )
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March 10, 2004
Remembering Zookoff, a good friend I've not yet met.
-Steve
Steve Schoch (Louisville, KY )
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March 10, 2004
never meet zane hope to and will someday, god willing and will ride with him, on the golden roads of heaven. he will be and is missed..
ron mckenzie (eden, NC )
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March 10, 2004
...til we meet again,Zane.
Gene Walker (Oklahoma City, OK )
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March 10, 2004
Zook,
We have only met "online", but rest assured, I /We will miss you.
DV
Ed Combs (Pentwater, MI )
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Zane was one of the most generous people I've ever met, a great host, a great spirit, a great friend. He made things seem more alive just by being there. I feel so fortunate that I got to know him.
Zane and I worked for competitors and then the same company after his unplanned switch. We sent the odd email back and forth and in most cases it would just be a joke or two sort of as a way to say, hi, hope your day goes ok. We talked a bit about goals and aspirations and he was always upbeat about things.
You always knew when Zane was 'in the house'. He was big and boisterous and fun to be around. And he shared a lot of that with everyone he met.
He is a man I was glad I got to know. He was our friend. And we will miss him dearly.
Zook, you will always be in our hearts.
Jane and John
John and Jane McLaggan (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
kevin mccue (atchison, KS )
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March 10, 2004
My condolences. (VectorBiker from VOL)
Kevin Turman (Spring, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane,
May your spirit live forever. You are missed, my friend. Rest in peace.
Barry Lilien (Tampa, FL )
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March 10, 2004
This site is powered by Legacy.com? How appropriate... since Zane left a tremedous, beautiful legacy and thousands of friends at the Volusia Owners League.
--SaddleTramp
Ross DeWitt (Gainesville, FL )
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March 10, 2004
Although I only met Zane a couple times I got to know him reading his posts onthe Volusia board. Words cannot describe the shock and saddness I am feeling now that a Bro has been lost. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.
Robert Gouner (Baytown, TX )
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March 10, 2004
My sincerest sympathy to the Schroeder family. Although I worked with Zane for a short time, we had become fast friends. He will be missed.
Alyissa Spencer (Houston, TX )
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March 10, 2004
Zane you will always be remembered in our family as a genuine human being and as a friend. God Speed my friend
Edward (Jibaro) Peet (Chandler, AZ )
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Melissa, you and your family have my family's prayers and support. We certainly miss Zane -- although I only know you both from the VOL, my heart is aching for our loss.
Tami Austin ( (Orlando, FL )
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March 10, 2004
"I know what it is. I understand.
Dad, I finally understand."

These are some of the last words I read from Zane. He wrote an article that touched me as deep as the water is in the ocean. I am, because of these words, a different person. Zane touched my life with this article and made a difference where it counts...in my heart and life.
For that I thank you Zane. You are a great man.
I am thankfull for knowing that he was able touch people without ever looking them in the eye.Men as good as him are few and far between
Take comfort in knowing he is in a safe place.Know that he is protected.
I am so sorry for your loss Melissa. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Knowing Zane as well as you do must be a great joy.
Margelony Gary & Kim (Willimantic, CT )
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March 10, 2004
So sorry....Our heart goes out to the family of Zane.
Glenn & Cherry ( Brillo & Brillo's Babe) (Oakwood, GA )
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March 10, 2004
Zook, you touched me with your writing and your feelings about family.. Ride on Bro,,
Dus6178tn
Doug Shockley (Whitesburg, TN )
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March 10, 2004
Push and I send our heartfelt condolences. Zane touched the lives of people he never met, and we are proud to have known him as a Vol buddy.
Dell McCann (Macon, GA )
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March 10, 2004
Push and I send our heartfelt condolences. Zane touched the lives of people he never met, and we are proud to have known him as a Vol buddy.
Dell McCann (Macon, GA )
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Friend Zook. We will miss your words of witt and your pleasent conversation. I am proud to know you and to have shared a common joy. Thank you for being a friend.
The Browns
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The above post is 23 pages of comments left on Zane's funeral page. I d/led them and put them into a Acrobat file for Melissa.
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Hi Julie:

What a beautiful tribute to pay to Zane. I joined the VOL right around the time of his passing. It is obvious that he is dearly missed by many and I'm sorry that I didn't get to know him.

I'm sure he is watching out for all his friends from a better place.

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avol Thanks it really stirs up a lot of memories and even though I never met him it was a tearful day for me also! God is riding with a friend!!!!!!
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I never had the chance to meet Zane, but like the rest of us, will never forget him either. Thanks for sharing Julie.
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Friday night, 11 o'clock. Crazy time to ride, but I wanted to feel the cold air on my face, needed to think. So I needed to ride. Kids were playing video games and oldest daughter was online and chatting with friends. Hell, they wouldn't even really know I was gone, but I told them I'd be back in a bit. Go out to Black Beauty, I swear she could tell we were gonna go out. Have to apply a little choke since I haven't rejetted and it was 50 degrees or so, I remind myself to check into buying the kit. Briman told me what to get. With a couple minutes warm up as I tied on my doo rag, cleaned the clear night glasses, pull on my gloves, a quick check of the bike and off I go. She sounds good tonight. The cold air smells good. Smells like nights in the country when I was a kid. It's amazing the power smells have to make you remember. Things that you haven't thought about in 20, 30, or more years come screaming back into your mind just from some molecules mixed in air. Riding on West Rd I pull up to the light at Hwy 6, hear some laughter, and look over to see a car full of teenage girls. I'm the age of their fathers, but they seemed to think the bike, or the image of a biker, were cool. I nodded and they giggled. I smiled. I like being that guy. Light turns so I headed out down Hwy 6 south........not going anywhere, just going. That's why we ride. Yeah, we ride when we "HAVE" to go somewhere, have to ride in to work, have to ride here because we're supposed to meet someone, have to ride there for some other reason, but the real reason, is to just ride. It's not that destination, it's that ride. Just like life. The destination isn't what we focus on. We focus on "the ride". The "Journey", or as Garth said, "the Dance". So I ride. Now, my mind is slowly being emptied. The stress is leaving, with each exhale, more and more leaves. Not all at once, not instantly, but it's leaving, I can feel it going. I stop in the left lane at a light and in the mirror, I see another bike. He pulls up next to me, in the middle lane. It's a Harley. Looks like a pretty new Night Train, Wide Glide, something along those lines with the skinny front tire, but man does it sound good. I think to myself (and it's been discussed here many times) that I could spend 600 bucks on RoadHouse pipes (or any other pipes for that matter), and my Vol would never sound like that. He looks like a biker. I wonder if I look like that to other bikers. I mean......I have my doo rag on, leather jacket, leather gloves, motorcycle boots, but do I look like a biker? Does it matter? I have to admit, to a part of me inside, yes it does. It does matter that I look the part. I notice he's got a Jesse James type cap on and nod as I looked over and I think, what the hell, and I give him a thumbs up as if to say, "I ride a bike, but I am not afraid to say I think you're bike is way cool". He smiles. He understands sign language. No one else is at the light so I tell him I wished my Volusia sounded like his Harley. He laughs and says it could, and I responded that all it took was money, he smiles and nods. Light turns green and we ride off. I look in my mirror, and he's coming over behind me. The Harley, letting the Volusia take the lead. What's he thinking? Is he just waiting for his time, and then he'll accelerate his Harley, having almost double the engine my Vol's got, and then pass me in contempt? I decide I don't care, I didn't come out to ride seeking a Harley riders approval, I came out to ride because I didn't want to think about stuff. I just wanted to ride. We're moving pretty good now, so I take the left side of the lane, he the right. He's riding right in the mirror so I can see he's there. Staying safely back, but letting me know he's there in case we need to move over. Air is colder here, there's fewer buildings, and more land. More trees. More green, and it's cooler over the land, than over the pavement. We need more green, although we have to have the pavement if we're gonna ride. I'll think more about that later. We go from light to light, changing lanes and passing a slow car, changing lanes again to pass a truck that had terrible exhaust. He's right there. Staying right where he's supposed to, but he's still letting the Volusia lead. The Suzuki is leading the Harley, and he's not too proud to let that happen. He's here for that ride too. Not for anything else. We run 65 mph down Hwy 6 after Groschke or whatever that road is called all the way to I-10. That feels good......the cold air..........I can feel it on my face and it's cold, but that makes me feel alive. I can feel my face cold, but I can feel. I'm not numb. Our lives make us numb. We get up, make coffee, shower, go to work, make a living, go home do husband and dad things and go to bed. The next day, repeat. Numb. It makes us numb. Is he thinking about being numb? Does his life make him feel numb sometimes? When the cold air makes my face cold, when my mind wanders and I think back, and remember a memory from years ago, simply because of something I smell, I'm not numb anymore. Yep, he's still there. We pull up to the feeder road of I-10, downshift, slow a little, downshift again, I really like the way drilled pipes sound downshifting.......I hear that single-pin cranked Harley gurgle and rumble as he downshifts as well and we both come to a stop. I'm alive. So alive. This ride is exactly what I needed. I look over at the Harley Dude, he's smiling. He knows. To top it off, he knows more. More than I give him credit for. Knows more that I give a lot of Harley riders credit for. Grinning, he says, "Thats a really good looking bike". He knew. He knew what I was asking myself. He was asking himself questions too, the same, but from a different perspective. But, now I know...........he's here for the ride too. He just chose a different steed. His iron horse, and mine, aren't all that different. Both metal monsters that let us breathe. Let us smell. Keep us from being numb. It's not about the destination, it's about the journey. "Thanks I say". He nods. Yep, he knows. We share the same secret. The "secret" that all reading this story know. As the light turns green, we pull across the intersection.......he changes lanes and rumbles off. With waves of gloved hands, the Harley Dude and I go our separate ways. We rode together for 10 minutes. But it could have been 10 hrs. It didn't matter. We understood. We're not numb.

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Dude... I am not sure how you found that POST.... but it was one of the best!.. THANKS!!!
AWESOME!!! I'm glad someone had that post I loved it... I remember reading it several times on the VOL board.
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I never saw that story before. I was reading it wondering why in the hell it is being posted here! LOL . That was a great story!!

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Zook's logon is still at the IA.. here is his Black Beauty...



For those that dont know.. members on the VOL raised thousands of dollars to help Zookoff's wife pay off the note on the Bike and keep it. Melissa is in Illinios now, and I dont have an email addy for her.. I am sure she would love to see we ALL keep Zookoff alive..

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ThrottleBunny Rider of the Year 2004

Our first year and we thought, what the heck, let's give an award to an outstanding woman who has gone above and beyond to promote women in riding. Sounds easy but really, there are an awful lot of ladies out there who are quite phenominal. While there were many, many choices one woman stood out amongst the rest.

Her name is Cheryl. So what has she done? Well, let's take a look.

She's an active editor for VolusiaOwners.com. She arranges the Volusia national rally, which she oversees. Without her, this website would not be here today. To boot, she is an active member of Southern Cruisers and participates regularly in the St. Jude's ride every year. All of that in between being a mom to four and working full time.

But one thing made her stand out above the rest.

As you may have noticed back in March, a friend of ours died unexpectedly early this year (non-motorcycle related). His wife wanted to keep his motorcycle to learn to ride on and it was a way for her to connect to him. Unfortunately, the bike was in danger of being reposessed by the bank. Even though no one asked her to do this, Cheryl raised the funds and she negotiated for the bank to accept a lower payoff. Overall she collected $6200, leaving the widow only $800 to pay for the bike. Cheryl initiated and coordinated the entire process.

Looking back, the choice was simple. It was our honor to present her with the Throttle Bunny Rider of the Year 2004 award! We were able to meet up with her at a rally in Arkansas in July so we presented the award to her there.

Congrats, Cheryl and thank you for all that you do!


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