Merlyn Keith Zell, 80, of Bellefontaine, and formerly of Zanesfield, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH.
He was born on November 8, 1931 in Glen Flora, Wisconsin to the late LaVerne Fred and Lillian May (Butterfield) Zell.
On December 20, 1974 he married Patricia Hylton in Huntsville and she survives along with 2 sons, John (Annette) Zell of Lima and William (Beth) Zell of Huntsville; 6 daughters, Pamela (George) Sehringer of Bay Village, OH, Elizabeth (Eli) Carter of Bellefontaine, Rebecca (David) Fullmer of Urbana, Jennifer (David) McCann of Columbus, Lillian (Shawn) Keller of West Jefferson, and Megan Zell of Columbus; a sister, Goldene Tennant of Florida; 14 grandchildren, Keller and Ali Sehringer; Mara, Lauren; and Andrew Zell; Elisha and Ethan Carter; Mia and Bella Fullmer; Jack and Zach McCann; Brant and Grace Zell; and Dominic Keller. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are 5 brothers: Gordon, Glendale, Kerryn, Elden, and Lynn Zell.
Merlyn retired after working in construction trade for many years. He was an Air Force veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the Zanesfield Community Chapel and served on the Ohio Hi-Point JVS Advisory Board Grounds and Facilities. He was instrumental in organizing Our Daily Bread in Bellefontaine and Caring Kitchen in Urbana. He served as president in the Logan County chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International and was passionate about sharing God’s love with everyone he could.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, October 5th from 1 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine. Pastor Keith Matthews will officiate at an 11:00 AM funeral service on Saturday, October 6th at Christ Our King Church, Bellefontaine. Burial will be in the Zanesfield Cemetery with military honors by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the James Rackley Missions, P.O. Box 132659, Tyler, TX 75713 or to the Christian Aid Mission P.O. Box 9037 Charlottesville, VA 22906.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at: www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.