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Robert J. “Zip” Zeller

Robert J. “Zip” Zeller, age 78 of Waverly, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 17, 2004 at his home in Waverly, with his family by his side.

Bob grew up in Waverly.

He served in the US Navy during World War II.

Shortly after discharge from the service, Bob began a long and successful career in the banking industry.

Zip was a talented baseball player, and played third base for Howard Lake and Waverly throughout his 20s. In 2003, he was inducted into the North Star League Hall of Fame.

Upon his retirement, Bob and his wife, Phyllis, built a home on Waverly Lake, where they were active in the lake association, church, and community.

An active fisherman, hunter, and golfer, Bob was able to enjoy one last hunting trip in early December.

Bob touched many lives with his sense of humor, compassion, kindness, integrity, and loyalty to family and friends; and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Phyllis (Hoffmann).

He is survived by his children: Ann Zeller, Steve and Deb Zeller, Paul and Barb Zeller, and Barb and Dave Kenison; grandchildren Jola, Steven, Peter, John, and Thomas; brother Ed and Labelle Zeller; sisters Gert and Paul Donovan, Vi and Chuck Asgian, Mary and Wally Grotz, Cathy and Jim Borrell, and Rose and Wayne Malachek; and many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Dec. 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with the Rev. Timothy Cloutier officiating. Music was provided by St. Mary’s church choir and Therese Borrell, organist.

Military honors were provided by the Charlie Claessen American Legion Post 305. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Iten Funeral Home in Delano handled the arrangements.

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