John Henry Zabel III
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John Henry Zabel III of Tega Cay, SC, passed away on April 30, 2013 at CMC Pineville Hospital, Charlotte, NC. John was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 12, 1944 to John H. Zabel, Jr. and Sally V. Zabel who are deceased. John was a dedicated husband, father, brother and friend and was committed to serving his community and country with love and pride.
John was a distinguished Veteran of the Vietnam War where he served with the 1st Air Cavalry Unit as a combat helicopter pilot in 1968 and 1969. He transitioned from active duty to the SC National Guard, serving for more than 20 years. He was a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC. John spent the majority of his career as an employee of Daniel Construction Company and later Parsons Corporation managing domestic and international assignments in the Middle East and Asia.
John is survived by Bridget Dunn Zabel, his cherished wife of 31 years; his son John H. Zabel IV and his wife Mary of Charlotte, NC; his son James C. Zabel and his fiancé Lindsay of Mount Laurel, NJ; and his daughter Maureen L. Zabel of Tega Cay, SC. He is also survived by seven siblings: Mary Cassabon of Simpsonville, SC; Thomas J. Zabel of Greer, SC; Barbara Wefferling of Seattle, WA; James R. Zabel of Boston, MA; Michael A. Zabel of Greenville, SC; Robert M. Zabel of Boston, MA; and S. Teresa Curtis of Arlington, WA along with their spouses and children.
A Rosary Service will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Palmetto Funeral Home located at 2049 Carolina Place Dr., Fort Mill, SC 29708. Family Visitation will follow at the funeral home from 6-8 pm. A Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road East, Fort Mill, SC 29715.
Donations can be made to Wounded Warriors at www.woundedwarriorproject.org, Fort Mill High School Marching Band, or St. Philip Neri Building Fund. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.palmettofh.com.
The family is being served by Palmetto Funeral Home and Crematory of Fort Mill, SC.
Published in The Greenville News on May 2, 2013