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Robert Zappan

Services took place in Ohio for Robert Zappan, who died March 23, 2007, in Reno, Nev., as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident on March 3. He was 58.

Robert was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. While in high school he participated in both golf and basketball. As a senior, his basketball team won the city championship. Robert moved to California and lived in Berkeley, breathing deeply from the counter culture that existed there in the late 1960s and 1970s. Later he moved to South Lake Tahoe, where he was a resident for 25 years. Much of that time he was a poker and 21 dealer at Harrah’s.

Robert was an avid pool and basketball player for much of his life, and was quite good at both. He was given the name “Cincinnati” for his skill with the cue. Perhaps his greatest passion was playing the horses. Here he earned the nickname “Trifecta Bob” for his creative ability of hitting the difficult trifecta wager. When stuck Bob could often be heard saying to his friends, “get me out.” Bob was a generous person and would often toke his buddies who rooted home his picks. He was well-liked by everyone.

He is survived by his mother, Norma, and brothers, Bruce and Paul; and many friends. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him.

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