Senator Ralph W. Zastrow View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 12/17/1965
Birth Place: Clarion, Iowa
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 50 (1943) - 55 (1953)
Home County: Floyd
Family Members Who Served in the Iowa Legislature: Spouse: Katherine M. Falvey; GAs 58 - 60
Ralph W. Zastrow
Floyd County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Ralph W. Zastrow, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Senator Zastrow was born on a farm at Clarion, Iowa on September 2, 1889 and died on December 17, 1965. He was the son of Frederick W. Zastrow and Adelia Wright Zastrow. He married Elma Maaser of Waverly, Iowa on June 25, 1919. She preceded him in death. They had two daughters, Helen (Mrs. Keith Noah) and Virginia (Mrs. James F. Smith) of Charles City, Iowa. He married Katherine Mull Falvey on November 14, 1963.

Senator Zastrow graduated from Clarion High School in 1908, and attended the law department of the University of Iowa, graduating in June, 1918. He established a law practice in Charles City in 1919 which continued with the addition of his sons-in-law, the firm now being called Zastrow, Noah and Smith. Senator Zastrow served in the 1943, 45, 47, 49, 51 and 53 sessions of the legislature, and was majority floor leader in the 1953 session. He headed the Floyd County Republican Committee for several years. He was Director of the First Security Bank, and was an active member of the Methodist Church. He held membership in the County, State and American Bar Associations, the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias and the Order of Odd Fellows. He was formerly chairman of the Floyd County Red Cross Chapter.

His passing is a loss to the State of Iowa and his home community.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SIXTY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Ralph W. Zastrow, the State of Iowa has lost a valued and honored citizen, and by this resolution attests its respect for and admiration of him and tenders its sincere sympathy to his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and the Secretary be directed to send an enrolled copy to the members of his family.

VERNON H. KYHL, Chairman




The resolution was unanimously adopted.