Donald F. Zeller, Sr., “Don," age 71, died at his home in east Louisville on May 26th. Born to Jerome and Ida Zeller in South Louisville, and brother to Ken, Mike and Judy, Don attended St. Thomas Moore grade school, DeSales High School [‘64], and accepted a President’s Scholarship to the University of Louisville, where he received both his undergraduate [’68] and law degrees [‘77], and was a member of the Lambda Chi fraternity and the Naval ROTC. In service to his country, Don was a decorated Marine helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, where he served in 1970, flying countless support missions for Marine troops as well as medivac operations. He was a long-time member of the Army Reserve, a mentor, member, and leader of multiple local and national veterans groups, and took great pride when identifying himself as a Marine. Don’s legal career included significant time working in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, followed by the Kentucky state department of Alcohol Beverage Control, and later private practice. He also held a post-first-retirement stint with Kroger. A life-long resident of Louisville, Don participated in countless community events, groups and programs and was an avid University of Louisville fan. He developed a love for traveling to new and memorable places with his wife Betty during his retirement to reconnect with old friends and develop new ones. To know Don Zeller was to know his strongly held opinions, including his ardent political views, his sense of humor, his extensive collection of Marine Corps and UofL Cardinal attire and hats, his pride in his children and grandchildren, and his desire to befriend you. He will be missed by so many.Don is survived by his family and countless friends who cared for and supported him, including his Marine Corps family, the gang from the Hall of Justice, Holly’s, the Aero Club, American Legion 201, and Section 340 at Freedom Hall. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday June 10th at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 1520 Hepburn Ave. Louisville at 9:00, with mass immediately following at 10:00. The family asks that any memorial or charitable gifts be directed to the Semper Fi Fund in Don’s name.
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