The Rev. Robert E. Zoeller, 76, of Fremont, Ohio, died Nov. 5, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Edward C. and Lucille (Steinour) Zoeller.
Rev. Zoeller graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1948. He attended Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, from 1948 to 1950, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, and returned to graduate from Wittenberg in 1955. In 1954, he married Betty Rowland at Maple Grove Methodist Church near Washington Court House.
He entered Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, Ohio, and was ordained into the Lutheran Church in America in 1959. He served churches in Detroit, Three Rivers and Farmington, Mich., and Toledo, Hilliard, Canton and Bluffton, Ohio. He served as a full time visitation pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont, Ohio. He retired in 1995. Rev. Zoeller was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fremont.
Surviving are his wife, Betty, and their four children; Diana (and Peter) Fallot of Morenci, Mich., Cynthia (and Cleon) Wellington of Folsom, Calif., Mark (and Kathryn) Zoeller of Los Angeles, Cal., and Janet (and Anthony “Tony”) Roussos of Westerville, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is scheduled today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Fremont. Services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church where the body will lie in state one hour prior to the services. Pastor Stephen Siebel will officiate. Burial will be private at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Chillicothe.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lutheran World Relief c/o St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 N. Clover St., Fremont, OH 43420; the American Heart Association; or St. Vincent’s Cardiac Unit c/o St. Vincent’s Foundation, 2213 Cherry St., #307, Toledo, OH 43608.