Tom D. Zellers Sr.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tom D. Zellers Sr., 72, of Defiance, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1946 to Norman and Madonna (Davis) Zellers in Napoleon, Ohio.

Tom proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

He was married to Bonnie (Browns) Zellers, who preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2000. On Aug. 3, 2001 he married Jeanne (Leever) Zellers, who resides in Defiance.

Tom worked at General Motors for more than 37 years until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of Defiance Eagles 372, AMVETS 1991, Moose Lodge 2094, and was a life member of VFW 3360 and Elks Lodge 147.

He was an avid golfer, and was ranked 10th in the world as a pool player in his division.

Tom will be greatly missed by his loving wife Jeanne of Defiance; sons Tommy Zellers Jr. (Breana Setliff) of Columbus, Ohio, Todd (Deb) Zellers of Greencastle; stepsons David Marroquin (Jamyee Dingman) of Garland, Texas, and Daniel Marroquin of Defiance; stepdaughter Angie Leever (Kurt Kaufman) of Ottawa; grandchildren Anna and Ben Zellers; step-grandchildren, Drake, Drew and Jarrett Jimenez, Audrey and Kieran Marroquin; and his sister, Sharon (John) Sterner of Lake City, Fla.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Zellers, brother Terry Zellers, sister Jan Sworden and step-granddaughter Kamryn Faith Marroquin.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, and for one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery, with military rites accorded by VFW 3360.

Memorials are suggested to the ALS Association or CHP Defiance Area Hospice Center.

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