RIXFORD, Pa. - Merle "Bud" Zetler, 89, of Looker Mountain Trail, passed away Wednesday (March 5, 2014) at Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital.
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Born on March 28, 1924, in Kane, he was a son of George and Hazel Hotton Zetler. Merle was a 1943 graduate of Otto High School. On July 9, 1948, in Rixford, he married Geraldine Baker, who survives.
Merle served in the U.S. Merchant Marine in all four theaters of World War II. He was employed by South Penn Oil Co. and later Dresser Industries of Olean, until his retirement in 1985.
Merle was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church, where he held many offices. He was also a member of the Duke Center Masonic Lodge 555 F&AM, where he was treasurer for more than 30 years; Royal Arch Chapter 260; Keystone Chapter 2 of the Order of the Eastern Star, where he was a past patron; Eldred American Legion Post 887; the Pennsylvania Tree Farmers Association and the North Central Forest Landowners Association.
Merle enjoyed tree farming and was the Pennsylvania Tree Farmer of the Year in 1996. He also enjoyed working and maintaining his oil lease for the past 60 years as well as spending time with his family.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter, Susan (Jim) Zirkle of Duke Center; his grandchildren, Torrey (Olga) Frederick of Pittsburgh and Saree Frederick of Rixford; and a brother, Alan Zetler of Dillon, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Zetler.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred; and Saturday (March 8, 2014) at the Duke Center United Methodist Church from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Gary Sheesley will officiate. Burial will follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, N.Y. The family would like to invite all of those attending the funeral to a luncheon at the Duke Center United Methodist Church immediately following the service.
A service will be held by the Duke Center Masonic Lodge 555 F&AM at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Duke Center United Methodist Church or to the
. Online Condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com.
Frame Funeral Home
230 Main Street Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Mar. 7, 2014