American Veteran 08

Harold E. Zellmer

June 10, 1932 ~ July 30, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Harold Eugene Zellmer, age 91, went to his heavenly home with his wife at his side at King Veteran’s Home on July 30, 2023. He was born at home in the Town of Wyoming, Waupaca County, on June 10, 1932, to Bertram and Ruth (Johnson) Zellmer. Harold graduated from Iola High School in 1950. He married Beth Ann (Geertgens) on May 10, 2008 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rhinelander and they were faithful members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crandon, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Wabeno. Harold was a God-fearing man who loved his Lord dearly.

Harold was the third of seven children raised on a farm near Little Falls, WI. He loved reminiscing about life on the farm and the shenanigans that he and his brothers got into. His time in the Air Force from 1952-1956, also provided Harold with many experiences to use as a storyteller, entertaining family and friends. He was trained as a mechanic in the service and used that training for many years in his career at Chevrolet/GM. After retiring in 1994, Harold and his first wife, Dorothy, raised English Springer Spaniels that often won blue ribbons. Harold’s love of the outdoors led him to buy land and a home in Crandon, WI, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, bee keeping, raising chickens and geese, and making maple syrup. He took pride in problem solving and fixing things on his own until the spring of 2022 when he and Beth found it necessary to sell their property and move to Waupaca, WI, where Harold resided at the Veterans Home in King, enjoying daily visits and card games with Beth.

Harold was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; his brothers, Milton and Robert Zellmer and his sisters, Joyce Jaeger, Carol Raney and Maryann Andel. He is survived by his loving wife, Beth, and his brothers Charles (Jean) Zellmer, Kenneth Zellmer, and several nieces and nephews. Harold will be remembered by his family as a strong, yet gentle man, a hard worker and content with what he had.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2023 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, 1120 Evans St., Waupaca, with Pastor Ben Kempfert officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial and military honors will take place at Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Wisconsin Veterans Home as well at ThedaCare Hospice, for the exceptional care given to Harold.

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August 4, 2023

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1120 Evans Street
Waupaca, WI 54981

Memorial Service
August 4, 2023

10:30 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1120 Evans Street
Waupaca, WI 54981

Military Honors
August 4, 2023

1:00 PM
Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Cty Rd QQ
King, WI 54946


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