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EVELETH, MINN - The funeral for Dan Zamlen drew hundreds of relatives and friends, who recalled the University of St. Thomas student's compassion and zest for life.

The Rev. Charles Flynn said Saturday that Zamlen had packed more living into 18 years than he had in 60-plus years.

Zamlen, of Eveleth, disappeared last month after leaving a St. Paul house party in the pre-dawn hours. His body was pulled from the Mississippi River about four weeks later.

Flynn recalled Zamlen as a young man who had a thirst for knowledge and a hunger to help people. The Rev. Erich Rutten of St. Thomas said Zamlen's legacy was reflected in the funeral's overflowing attendance. He said Zamlen will be remembered as a mature and thoughtful man.