ATOKA, Tenn. - Edward Nicholas Zaharia, 58, Atoka, Tenn., died at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., while surrounded by family, on Saturday, June 16, 2012, as a result of a motorcycle accident near Jackson, Tenn. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Saints Nereus & Achilleus Catholic Church, Neche, N.D. Interment will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Leroy, N.D. A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, from 5-9 p.m. at the Cypress Hut, 9643 Highway 70 West, Stanton, Tenn. (Edward owned this bar). Arrangements are being handled by Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service, Truman, Minn.
Edward Nicholas Zaharia was born on July 15, 1953, to Nick and Rita (Carignan) Zaharia at Grafton, N.D. He attended school and graduated from Pembina High School. Following high school, he attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. On June 15, 1972, he married Kellene Hiller and they had two children together, John and Lisa. They farmed and ran a semi truck operation in Pembina, N.D. They later divorced. In 1982, Edward moved to Hallock, Minn., where he owned and operated the "North Quarter" steakhouse and lounge. He later moved to Fargo, N.D., and then to Memphis, Tenn. Edward lived in Atoka, Tenn., for 20 years. While in Atoka, he owned a franchise of Winzer Corporation, and also owned and operated "The Cypress Hut" bar, in Stanton, Tenn. Edward loved riding snowmobile while living in North Dakota and Minnesota. He enjoyed riding snowmobile with his daughter, son and brothers. He truly enjoyed "bar hopping" with family and friends and always buying the last round. Edward's passion was his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He rode 60,000+ miles per year. He loved riding with his friends and especially with his son.
Edward is survived by his son, John (Teresa) of Truman, Minn., and his daughter, Lisa (John) Longtin of Jamestown, N.D.; four granddaughters, Emily, Courtney, Gracie, and Johnnie Zaharia, and two grandsons, Levi and Layne Longtin; his parents, Nick and Rita Zaharia, of Bathgate, N.D., six brothers, Mark (Joanne), Bill (Lorrie), Dan (Jessie), Jim, Tom (DesaRae), Ted; and two sisters, MaryLee (Scott) Reck, and JulieRae (Chad) Fraser and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Edward was preceded in death by his love, Debbie Holowell. www.zahariafamilyfuneral.com