Dr. James Zeller

January 27, 1923 - March 2, 2017
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Dr. James F. Zeller, 94, of New Philadelphia, passed away in the Community Hospice Truman House Thursday afternoon, March 2, 2017.

Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on January 27, 1923, he was the son of the late Joseph and Nina (Jacobs) Zeller. He spent his early life in Kent, Ohio where he graduated from Kent-Roosevelt…

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Dr. James F. Zeller, 94, of New Philadelphia, passed away in the Community Hospice Truman House Thursday afternoon, March 2, 2017.

Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on January 27, 1923, he was the son of the late Joseph and Nina (Jacobs) Zeller. He spent his early life in Kent, Ohio where he graduated from Kent-Roosevelt High School.

Dr. Zeller then enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, ultimately receiving his wings. While stationed at Tyndall Field, he flew bombers for gun training.

While furthering his education at the University of Buffalo, he met the love of his life, the former Lorraine A. Fox. Dr. Zeller completed his education at the University of Buffalo Medical School obtaining his MD. In 1952, he and Lorraine wed and after completing his residency in Niagara Falls, they ultimately located to the Tuscarawas Valley where he served more than 40 years in the medical profession. The majority of his career was serving as a general surgeon with Union Hospital in Dover.

Dr. Zeller’s love for flying continued after his military service. He was an active aviator at Harry Clever Field. He was also a member of the Ohio National Guard where he served as a flight surgeon, ultimately retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He was a loving supporter of his grandchildren and their activities. Dr. Zeller also enjoyed golfing, fishing, and his membership with the New Philadelphia Rotary Club. He was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church also.

In addition to his wife, Lorraine, of 64 years, he will be deeply missed by his sons, David (Cathy) Zeller of New Philadelphia and Bill (Nancy) Zeller of Tucson, Arizona; his grandchildren, Christine (Sam) Henry of Midland, Texas, Katie (Jeff) Dietrich of Apex, North Carolina, Kimberly Zeller of Columbus, Andy (Jennifer) Zeller of San Marcos, California, and Sarah (Kevin) Koshko of Scottsdale, Arizona; 6 great-grandchildren; his sister, Rita Sorgenfrei of Maumee, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, William, and Donna Smith.

Private services and inurnment in Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed in Dr. Zeller’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Private services and inurnment in Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia will take place at a later date.

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Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia


Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: January 27, 1923
Died: March 2, 2017

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Jeff Lorenz posted on 3/24/17

To the Zeller family; So sorry to hear of Dr. Zeller's passing. My Mom worked as a surgical nurse with him at Union Hospital and he saved my life when I was 3 days old. You have my deepest sympathies and prayers.


Ron Kohl posted on 3/8/17

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to the whole family of Jim's. I first met Jim when he was the company Dr. for Joy Mfg. He always impressed me as a deeply compassionate person with a low key unassuming man with great dedication to his profession. I really got to know Jim when Bob Miller, Jim and I would make our trips to Amish community where Jim took lots of pictures and purchased his annual supply of cheese for his family and friends. I treasure those trips where he and I coinversed as if we had known each other our whole lives. I will miss him terribly. He was one of the nicest people I ever met.


Gerry Tinor posted on 3/7/17

To the Zeller Family~ I had the privilege of working with Dr. Zeller when he was on the staff at Union Hospital. He was dedicated to and caring of his patients- thank you for sharing him with all who were fortunate to have known him. May you be comforted by many happy memories and may he rest in peace. With sincere sympathy~ Gerry Tinor


Kathy Vaughan Ellwood posted on 3/6/17

Dr. Zeller and his wife Lorraine have been among the finest people in our community, exhibiting kindness, generosity, professionalism and encouragement to younger generations. The Vaughans sincerely appreciated their friendship. My brothers were childhood friends of Bill and Dave, and I used to babysit them (no horror stories). They were great boys, though I was jealous that Dave got his pilot's license before I got my driver's license. The Zellers were unassuming and humble and Dr. Zeller was a respected surgeon and true patriot. Our sincere condolences on his passing.


MR. AND DR. DENISE M. (MCENROE) PETITTE posted on 3/6/17



Tim Leist posted on 3/6/17

Dave, Cathy, and Family: So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Cath and I have you all in our prayers. Our deepest sympathies go out to you. Tim and Cathy Leist


Sandy Fait posted on 3/5/17

I had the privilege of working in Surgery at Union Hospital with Dr. Zeller. He was an excellent Surgeon. So kind and caring person with a twinkle in his eye. It was a pleasure to have worked with him. God Bless your entire family during this difficult time.


Mike & Jackie Ley posted on 3/5/17

Dear Dave Cathy & family, Jackie & I want you to know how sad we were to see the passing of your Dad. Dave he was the kindest, nicest guy I have ever met! Every time that he greeted Jackie & I, it was with a smile and kind words. He will be missed by so many in this area. You and your family are in our prayers during this difficult time. Mike & Jackie Ley


Greg and Val Myers posted on 3/5/17

To all of Dr.Zeller's family and friends...So very sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Zeller was a kindhearted man with a contagious smile that lit up the room...and he was a doctor that always made you feel important and cared for and had great compassion for his patients. A great loss to our community. Sending loving thoughts and prayers--- Greg and Val Myers


Jim and Carol Marsh posted on 3/4/17

Hugs and prayers for the entire Zeller Family!


Jim Herman posted on 3/4/17

So very sorry, Zeller Family. He will be missed. A good man.


Tricia Patterson posted on 3/4/17

Dave, Cathy, Chrissy, Katie, Kimmy and the entire Zeller family I am so sorry for your loss, he was truly a wonderful man and Doctor and I had the privilege of knowing him in both capacities. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Tricia (Marsh) Patterson


Fran Gerber posted on 3/4/17

Dr. Zeller was my surgeon back in the 1980's. He was a caring man. I remember him making his rounds at the hospital on a Sunday morning looking very dapper in a blue suit! He certainly had compassion and he was also patient with those of us who had never had surgery before. May the angels escort this kind man into Heaven!


Bob and Wynne Smith posted on 3/4/17

To the Zeller Family, Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time. Dr. Zeller was a wonderful doctor in our community. God Bless Bob and Wynne Smith


Betty posted on 3/4/17

So sorry to hear of Dr. Zeller's passing. He was a kind and carrying Doctor who also performed my first surgery when I was a teenager.


Melanie and Dave Archer posted on 3/3/17

Dear Family, We send you our deepest sympathy in your loss of Dr Zeller..He was the best doctor ever! We thank him for his dedicated service to our country and to the many patients including our family that he took excellent care of for so many years...Many blessings to all of you and may he rest peacefully in Heaven...Our area has lost a wonderful person...


Meryl posted on 3/3/17

I am very sorry to read of the loss of, Dr. Zeller. He was a very faithful and dedicated man, married for 64 years! I won't pretend to know what you're going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is, John 11:25, which says, "Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." I hope that this verse will also comfort you and, I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, jw.org


Craig McConnell posted on 3/3/17

We are sorry for your loss. Dr. Zeller will be missed by the entire community. Traci, Kaitlin, and Craig McConnell