Dr. David William Zauel

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dr. David William Zauel, of Avon, died at the age of 71 years old on Saturday March 3, 2018. His battle with cancer ended at home surrounded by family and friends.

Dr. Zauel was born in Royal Oak, Mich., and grew up in neighboring Holly, Mich.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and also graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Zauel completed his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He later returned to the University of Michigan to complete his residency in ophthalmology. He specialized in neuro-ophthalmology and completed two fellowships, one at the University of Michigan and the other at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Zauel settled down in Avon, where he established a practice in Danville and in Greencastle. Dr. Zauel was also an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, for 6˝ years and he was board certified in ophthalmology.

Dr. David W. Zauel is survived by his spouse, Dr. Ruth C. Goodell, of Avon; his two daughters, Susan B. Okey and Kyle W. Okey, Rebecca A. Zauel and fiancé Zachary J. Burris. Papa is also survived by his grandkids, Donovan M. Chandler, Kallie M. Okey, Collins R. Okey and Elwood D. Okey.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alice and Edward Zauel, also survived by his brothers, Robert Zauel, Norman Zauel, and his baby sister, Joanne Schultz. His is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Sarah, Nathan, Kevin, Brian, Mark, Adrienne and Tamara. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jack Taipala.

He is predeceased by his beloved Kuvasz, Juno.

Dr. Zauel is retired from the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Zauel completed 21 years of service, achieving the rank of colonel. Col. Zauel served as commander of his unit, the 337th General Hospital, stationed at Fort Benjamin Harris in Indianapolis.

Visitation will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 9 at Conkle Funeral Home, Avon. Military graveside will be later at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Mich.

Contributions can be made at www.pcf.org to support Prostate Cancer Research.

Guests may also purchase flowers at the visitation where all proceeds will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Online condolences may be shared at www.conklefuneralhome.com.