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“To Barbara and family,Bill was a remarkable man and was very fortunate to meet him several times at Association of Theatre Organ Enthusiast ...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jon Sibley - Higganum, CT

“Barb and family,We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He fought ill health for so long, and now we know he has no more pain or ills in the...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Barb and Family,With deepest condolences in the passing of Bill. May the many wonderful memories of your years together bring you comfort, along...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Gerri Brown - Fort Wayne, IN

“It has been a great pleasure and honor to know Bill. I always looked forward to his e-mails. I have very fond memories of Bill and the whole Zabel...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Donald & Pamela Springer - IN

“My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Zabel. May you hope in the God of all comfort to strengthen and console your hearts. (Psalm...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

Bill in the Embassy Theatre Organ Main Chamber “All this week I have been playing Bill's compilation of 1920s Hot Jazz and thinking of and praying for my friend Bill (aka Punjab Garbini, the Great...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: John Foell - Auburn, IN

“Dearest Friend BarbOur hearts ache for your loss and yet rejoice that at this time of the year, Advent, we look to the coming of our Lord, and Bill...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I was an email friend of Bill's and I met him online from another email friend but never met Bill in person. I am so sorry to hear that he has...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: marilou reason - logansport, IN

“"The Z" will always live large in my memory. He was a fantastic circuit designer and the best technical mentor I ever had the privilege of working...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: David Weikel - Fort Wayne, IN

“I remember Bill well. I believe we were his first Z-Tronics customer. That was at the Village Inn Pizza Parlor on Coldwater Road for the Magnificant...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Speed - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Barb I am so sorry for your loss. Nancy pjust yold me. Be happy for your Bill. He's in heaven with Jesus ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Yvonne Bronner - Fort Wayne, IN

“Excursion: my dictionary says "a group taking a journey together because of like interests or pleasure and usually by good friends". That could...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Joyce Briner - Fort Wayne, IN

“I have known Bill and Barb for the better part of 40 years. I will miss his quirky sense of humor and our emails---never quite knowing what his...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Norma Hoffman - Fort Wayne, IN


William "Bill" Peter Zabel (Garbini), 74 of Fort Wayne, Ind., went to the great theater organ in heaven on Friday November 30, 2018. Bill worked for Tokheim and was the founder of Z-Tronics, Inc., inventing, manufacturing and selling electronic relays for pipe organs. He was a long-time board member of the Manor Park Association. He was a charter member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
Bill was an instrumental charter member of the Embassy Theatre Foundation, organized to save the theatre from demolition. He was an honorary member of the American Theatre Organ Society, receiving their Industry Achievement Award in 1994. He also received an Arts United Award in 2017 as an Outstanding Arts Advocate.
Bill is remembered for his eccentric ingenuity in electronics, hope to revive every broken device, well-planned hijinks, love of great jokes, wit and ability to turn a phrase, unconditional love of animals, ever-present email correspondence, strong politics, willingness to drop what he was doing to help others, and beaming pride and love of his family.
Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara J. (Bendlin) Zabel. Their children are Andrew Zabel, already in heaven, Steve and Melissa (Weirich) Zabel with Soren and Marek of Indianapolis, and Rebecca and Wes Rader with Cameron of Fort Wayne.
Service is Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 11228 Coldwater Road Fort Wayne, with an hour of calling prior to the service. Calling, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes-Pine Valley 1320 E Dupont Road Fort Wayne.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Embassy Theatre Foundation and Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.domccombandsons.com.