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F.C. ZELLER "Duke"  

Washington public relations executive and Republican political advisor passed away on March 9, 2014 at his home in Afton, VA at the age of 71 following a valiant battle with complications from Parkinson's disease. Born in Peoria, IL, he received a BA from George Washington University and attended Catholic University Graduate School. A published author and Presidential Inaugural historian, Duke was editor of the official Inaugural Book and served on Inaugural Committees of four U.S. Presidents. In addition to many years of government service, he served four Presidents of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as Communications Director and editor of the union's monthly magazine. He is survived by his mother, Dena Zeller and brother Dean Zeller of Reston, VA, his sister, Anita Essalih of Houston, TX, five nephews and nieces and many close friends and colleagues. Funeral Services will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, VA on Thursday, March 27, 10:30 a.m. Burial will be on Friday, March 28, 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg, VA. Online condolences may be sent at

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 25, 2014
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