On Sept. 12, 2016, Donald Allen Zeiger, beloved father and dear friend passed away peacefully in his own home. Don was born June 21, 1938, in Minot, North Dakota, to Arthur Zeiger and Esther Olsen. He was the fourth out of nine children. He was raised in Nashua, Montana, and graduated from Nashua high school in 1956. Don was faced with tragedy early in life with the death of his parents at age 11, after which he stayed with aunts.
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He worked hard as a child and all throughout his life. In his younger days he did mostly ranch/farm work and ranching was always near and dear to his heart. He worked a variety of jobs even as a mechanic in a local garage. After high school he went into the Army Reserves, completed basic training and went on to serve 3 and a half years.
On May 28, 1968, he married Nadine Turner and had the first three of their four children, Guy, Dru and Shane. They moved to Willow Creek, Montana, in 1971 and had their last child, Cindy. He continued to work as a rancher there until 1979 when they moved to Three Forks, Montana, to manage Cherry Lane Farms. Don and Nadine were married 13 years until they divorced in 1981, after which Don never remarried.
He continued working at Cherry Lane until retiring in 1993. He did a bit more ranch work in 1996 and 1997 working at a cow camp near Ashton, Idaho, he enjoyed that a great deal. After that, health issues kept him from working, in which he took the opportunity to get to know his grandchildren. His number one devotion was always his children and he was willing to do anything in his power for them. He was a great man and will be so dearly missed by all his loved ones and those who knew him!
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Esther Zeiger, four sisters, Myrna, Karol, Janice and Shirley, a brother, Ronnie, and a grandson, Tazer. He is survived by three sisters, Audrey, Eldora and Marilyn, his four children Guy (Shy), Dru (Mickey), Shane (Chrissy) and Cindy, and his 10 grandchildren, Dusten, Sierra, Taylor, Josh, Jacob, Josie, Alyssa, Kristopher, Daeryk and Keath. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at K&L mortuary in Three Forks, Montana, with a celebration of life to follow at the home of Dru and Mickey Zeiger 630 Three Forks Airport Rd.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 15, 2016