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D.L. "Jack" Zeller


1928 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
D.L. "Jack" Zeller Obituary
Among family members and close friends, D.L. "Jack" Zeller passed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth. Interment: with military honors at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the following organizations: Young Life, 181 1/2 Pine St., Abilene, Texas 79601; Skillman Avenue Church of Christ/Children's Ministry, 3014 Skillman St., Dallas, Texas 75206; or Ravenna Historical Society, Box 33, Ravenna, Neb. 68869. Born Dorance Laverne Zeller on Aug. 24, 1928, to Henry Louis Zeller and Mabel Irene Jennings Zeller, the third of six children in the small community of Poole, Neb. Jack's love of family, the outdoors and farming at an early age would manifest itself all through his life and impact many people who came to love and know him. He never met a stranger and would do many acts of service and kindness for those less fortunate or in need. Jack graduated from Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Neb., in 1945 and began farming in the Ravenna area where he met and married Dorothy Maxine Jones of Litchfield, Neb., on May 29, 1950. Jack served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean War until 1953. Jack and Dorothy had two sons; the eldest, Danny Timm, was born in September 1954 in Kearney, Neb. In 1956, Jack went to work for the CB&Q Railroad as a signal maintainer where he remained employed for the next 29 years. Jack was promoted and moved to Casper, Wyo., in 1958 where the couple's second son, Daryl Dean, was born in November 1961. While in Wyoming, Jack began a new relationship with the Lord and rededicated his life; he was baptized and active in the Christian church in the rural Wyoming area. He had a beautiful voice and loved to lead and sing gospel hymns. Jack's career with the railroad moved the family to Colorado and then settle in the Fort Worth area where the consolidation of the four railroads eventually became Burlington Northern. Jack was promoted numerous times and led many men in the signal department for the Burlington Northern; he served in this capacity until his retirement from the Burlington Northern in 1985. They settled in Fort Worth where Jack and his family remained for the rest of his and Dorothy's life. Though retired from the railroad, Jack never stopped working and his love of farming and the outdoors resurfaced in retirement and blessed many lives. Jack was heavily involved in his family and his boys' lives as a Scout leader, baseball coach and high school booster clubs. Jack loved the outdoors and the moderate climate in Texas made his years spent there very rewarding as he pursued his passion of fishing until the day he could no longer cast a line. He taught many children and adults to fish and loved to see them catch a fish and he so enjoyed the smiles and laughter they experienced together. Jack and Dorothy spent their latter years together hosting friends and family at the Teague Hunting and Fishing Club. Many a fish were caught, much food and beverage consumed and many memories were made there. Jack and Dorothy never forgot their roots and always enjoyed their trips home to Nebraska visiting relatives and friends. His wife of 63 years, Dorothy; his parents, Mabel and Louis Zeller; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Garfield and Agatha Jones; brothers-in-law, Albert Ullman and Jack Jones, preceded Jack in death. The Zellers wish to express their sincere appreciation to Nurse Liz and the entire staff and residents at Wedgewood Nursing Home. Your kindness and love shown for Jack and Dorothy over the last 8 1/2 years are deeply appreciated. Survivors: Those left to cherish Jack's memory are his son, Dan Zeller of Fort Worth; son, Daryl Zeller and wife, Rebekah, of Abilene; grandchildren, Laurence Zeller, Elizabeth Deppe, Erin Zeller, Jessica Zeller, Grant Zeller, Suzanne Zeller, Peter Zeller and Abigail Zeller; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brothers, Don Zeller and wife, Carol, of Stockton, Calif., Loren Zeller and wife, Anne, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert Zeller and wife, Judy, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Beulah Ullman of Seattle, Wash., and Doris Finke and husband, Ivan Finke, of Ravenna, Neb.; sister-in-law, Yvonne Nilsen and husband, Arnold, of Hazard, Neb.; sister-in-law, Rose Jones of Chappell, Neb.; and brother-in-law, Wayne Jones and wife, Ella, of Phoenix, Ariz.
Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 5, 2013
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