Zale A. Fether, 86, of Bowling Green, Ohio, and formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died July 23, 2017, at Heritage Corner Assisted Living in Bowling Green.
Zale was born March 26, 1931, in Franklin Township, Ohio, the son of Jacob and Lulu (Towne) Fether. On Jan. 11, 1953, he married M. Jacquelin Lloyd in Morenci. Together they lived most of their lives in the Fayette area, eventually retiring and sharing their time between their homes in Gladwin, Mich., and Leesburg, Fla.
Jackie preceded Zale in death on March 9, 2016.
Zale was an accomplished finish carpenter and prided himself on his attention to detail. He learned his trade working with Charlie Eicher, helping build custom homes in the Fulton County area from the time Zale was 17 years old. He later worked at the former Parker Rust Proof in Morenci, retiring after 26 years in 1990.
Zale’s true passion was the outdoors, and he enjoyed nothing more than working around his farm, cutting wood and maintaining his property. He was also intensely interested in the geography and topography of Northwest Ohio, studying maps, weather patterns, natural resource sites, and land formations.
Zale is survived by three sons, Michael (and Martha) of Bowling Green, Kenneth (and Diane) of Manitou Beach, Mich., and Curtis (and Irene) of Fayette; and one brother, Irvin (and Lonnie) Fether of Adrian; eight grandchildren, Jonathan Fether of Archbold, Ohio, Ashley (and Jacob) Reinecke of Villa Hills, Ky., Joel (and Jessica) Fether of Columbus, Ohio, Zachary (and Amber) Fether of Winter Garden, Fla., Andrew Fether of Delta, Ohio, Jennifer (and Rob) Goldsmith of Sylvania, Ohio, Matthew (and Heidi) Fether of Sylvania, Ohio, and Brian (and Colleen) Fether, of Fayette; three step-grandchildren, Garrett Masters of Morenci, Matthew (and Heather) Masters of Saginaw, Mich., and Brittan (and Jolie) Masters of Rockford, Mich; great-grandchildren, Ruthanne Reinecke, Claire Fether, Caleb Fether, Logan Fether, Dylan Fether, Caden Goldsmith, Brea Goldsmith, Audrey Goldsmith, Zoe Fether, Dominic Fether, and Calla Fether; step-great-grandchildren, Mason Masters, Benjamin Masters and Henry Masters; and several nieces, nephews and their families.
In addition to his parents and wife, Zale was preceded in death by three brothers, Garald Fether, and Doyle and Ivan Fether, both in infancy.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci, with Rev. Gene Sugg officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial donations are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.