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1928 - 2012 Obituary Condolences

William E. Zielesch, a resident of Orland, CA, passed away at Enloe Hospital on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. He was 83 years old.

At Bill's request, a memorial service was held with immediate family on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, officiated by Pastor Kees.

Bill was born on Nov. 13, 1928 in Woodland, CA to William A. and Leona B. Zielesch. He attended school in Woodland, Esparto, Winters, and later, evenings at Chico State.

He served two years in the Navy during WWII, and was called back for six months during the Korean War.

In 1948, he married Ethel L. Whitcomb. They celebrated their 63rd anniversary this past September.

Bill worked as a meat cutter for many years at Graham Brother's Grocery Store, before opening Bill's Meats in Orland. Twelve years later, Bill sold his store and went to work for Terry O'Neill at Country Market in Orland and Los Molinos. He also worked for Big John's Grocery Store and Andy's Butcher Block in Orland.

Bill was a member of The American Legion and a former member of the Rotary Club. He was also a past member of St. John's Church in Woodland, and affiliated with The Good Shepherd Espicopal Church in Orland.

Bill especially liked to read, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, and taking trips to Tahoe and Fort Bragg. With his sense of humor and genuine and gentle soul, Bill was loved by many.

Bill was preceded in death by beloved daughter, Joan Bowman, and daughter-in-law, Sandra Zielesch. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; his son, Richard (Joy); granddaughters, Meghan Bowman, Laura Bowman, and Ellie Zielesch; great-grandson, Peyton Prasad; brothers, Fred (Evelyn), George (Sharon) of Woodland, CA, and Arthur of Michigan; one uncle, Bill Charters of Clearlake Oaks, CA; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Orland, CA.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughtfulness and prayers.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 27, 2012
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