• Born: January 10, 1994
  • Died: December 2, 2017
  • Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Tel. (440) 260-8800

Tribute & Message From The Family

SGT. COLLIN JAMES ZAK age 23. U.S. Army, 1st. Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Carson, CO. Passed suddenly December 2, 2017. Beloved husband of Megan (nee Elizabeth). Cherished son of Clay and Jenifer (nee Geither). Dearest brother of Katie, Tyler and Cody Zak. Dearest grandson of Rita (late Clayton) Zak and Robert (late Donna) Geither. Nephew of Kevin (Kim) and Ken (Kyona) Zak, Carolyn Hartman (Jim), Susan Cordes (Jack), Sandra Clancy (Ed), Jeff Geither, Joe Geither (Kathy) and Michael Geither (Jaime). Cousin to many and friend of all he met. Mass of Christian burial at Saint Albert The Great Church Saturday, 6667 Wallings Road, North Royalton, Ohio Saturday December 16, 2017 at 11 AM . Interment Holy Cross Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Friends received Friday December 15, 2017 2-4 & 5-8 at The A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home, 18149 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights Ohio 44130 (West of I 71)



Condolence & Memory Journal

I had the honor and privilege to serve with Collin and I am just learning of his passing. He was a great soldier and an even better young man. God bless your family and thank you for sharing Collin with us.

Posted by Shawn Brasseaux - Houston, TX - Served in the Military together   May 29, 2018

The North Royalton Alumni Association extends sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by A friend   December 16, 2017

Dear Zak Family,

My family and I offer deepest condolences. Knowing how proud you will always be of him as a person, a son, a husband, a soldier, I know that his memory will inspire many of us to be better in our own lives. Peace be with you.God bless his soul.

John Pineda.
Kirtland Ohio.

Posted by John Pineda - Kirtland, OH - Family Friend   December 16, 2017

Deepest sympathy Jen, Clay and family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the days ahead. May God Bless all of you Love, Diane Schramm and family

Posted by Diane Schramm - North Royalton, OH   December 15, 2017


Dear cousin Jenny
Words cannot express the sorrow you must feel so sorry ...
May God watch over you and your family at this difficult time

Posted by Mjo    December 12, 2017


I am extremely saddened to hear of Collin's passing. Know you and your family are in my heart and prayers.

Sandy Robinson

Posted by sandra robinson - Abu Dhabi - Friend   December 11, 2017

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Zak and family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in the loss of your son Collin, He was always a nice young man. Jeff & Sherry Keller (Haley's mom)

Posted by Sherry Keller - Parma, OH - Family   December 11, 2017

To Rita & Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. The loss of one so young is heartbreaking. Prayers and condolences for you and your family.

Lisa Crayton

Posted by A friend   December 10, 2017

We are beyond words after reading about this in the Sunday morning paper today. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Still remember him as a playful kid in the neighborhood.

Posted by Cheryl Price Radford - North Royalton, OH - Neighbor   December 10, 2017

To Clay, Jennifer and the Zak family,

We are so deeply saddened to learn of your tragic loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies, prayers and condolences for you and your family.

Bryan and Sally Redfern

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

Dear Jennifer and family,

I am so sorry. Please accept my condolescences. May God send you his peace while you come to understand what happened.

Sherry Petryszyn

Posted by sherry petryszyn - North Royalton, OH - Friend   December 08, 2017

My deepest sympathy to you and family. I'm so sorry you are going through this. My heart breaks for you but I also pray for solace. Much love, Craig and Sue Klinect

Posted by Susan Klinect - Mebane, NC - Friend   December 08, 2017

I did not know Collin personally, but know his parents and sister. So so this loss happened to the Zak family. My heart goes out to you all.

Posted by Wayne Robinson - Strongsville, OH - Acquaintance   December 07, 2017


May your light continue to shine in the hearts and memories of those who hold you in their hearts forever. God bless you and keep you.

Posted by Lisa Smith - Fargo, ND - Family Friend   December 07, 2017

Although I did not know you, my daughter Lauryn Lupo served with Collin in South Korea. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fly high soldier

Posted by Lisa Lyons - Clinton twp, MI - Served in the Military together   December 07, 2017

Deeply sorry for your loss. Collin made all around him smile and gave us all a positive perspective on life to live by. He was not only someone I served with in Korea, he was a great friend and wonderful person. He is missed incredibly, my prayers go out to the family and friends.

Posted by Lauryn Lupo - Crestview, FL - Friend   December 07, 2017

My heart aches for the loss of my cousin Jeni Geither Zak and her husband Clay Zak's son. May you and your family find peace from suffering and grief.

Posted by Judy Stewart - Scottsdale, AZ - Family   December 07, 2017