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Somewhat ironically for a guy nicknamed “Ice,” promising Carthage student Zach Icenogle ’25 radiated warmth everywhere he went.

The campus community benefited from Zach’s kind spirit, if only for a few brief months. The 19-year-old freshman from Plainfield, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep over the winter break.

A campus service to honor Zach will be held at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in A. F. Siebert Chapel.

The late Zach Icenogle ?25 A friend to all who knew him

As they grieve, Carthaginians are celebrating the bright light he brought into their lives.

While majoring in social work, Zach joined the Carthage Blitz ultimate frisbee club. He also made the varsity esports team in its inaugural season, specializing in the Rocket League game.

“Zach was exactly what any coach would want in an athlete and student,” says Kevin Palmer, director of esports. “His energy was unmatchable, his attitude was unbreakable, and his love for others knew no limits. From the first day I met him, I knew he was going to be the spirit of our program.”

To honor their teammate, the Firebirds will wear a special patch on their jerseys in 2022. The icy design highlights Zach’s nickname and calls out his gamertag, Trixx.

“Even though he had only been at Carthage for a semester, his impact and face were known across campus,” Mr. Palmer said. “I always saw him talking to someone or making new friends. He will be deeply missed by his teammates and the program.”

Carthage esports teammates will honor the late Zach Icenogle ?25 by wearing this patch in 2022. Carthage esports teammates will honor the late Zach Icenogle ’25 by wearing this patch in 2022. Zach quickly connected with floormates at Madrigrano Family Residence Hall, including resident assistant Jacob Hicks ’23.

“Ice was one of the first residents I met on my floor, and what immediately struck me was how friendly he was and how excited he was to be at school,” says Jacob. “He was a kind, funny, and very outgoing person. He was very easy to talk to and quickly became a friend of mine.”

On a Facebook tribute page the family set up, Carthage friends and classmates joined many others to describe the caring attitude that instantly drew them to Zach. In high school, he was a multisport athlete and choir member.

Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, at Overman-Jones Funeral Home, 15219 S. Joliet Road in Plainfield. A visitation will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at 4:30 p.m. The service will be streamed live on the funeral home’s website.

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