Ormal Ray Zeller (OZ) was born on November 22, 1947 in Gregory SD to Reubin and Viola Zeller. He passed away unexpectedly on July 25,, 2014 at age 66. Ormal and his sister Sharon were raised on the original Zeller Family Homestead, which he later took over when his father retired. After graduation, Ormal lived in Mitchell and Sioux Falls and worked construction. He was also a member of the South Dakota National Guard where he was a bridge builder and later assisted in the Rapid City flood.
In 1964, Ormal began dating his high school sweetheart, Lynn Durfee. They were married in 1968 and in their 50 years together Ormal and Lynn raised three daughters Amy, Paula, and Holly.
Ormal attended grade school at Pocahontas country school. While he was a child Ormal enjoyed playing little league baseball. Ormal enjoyed river time and waterskiing with the Rouths. When not helping on the family farm, Ormal could be found getting into trouble with his friend Dennis Vedral.
Ormal attended Gregory High School where he played football, wrestled, and hosted an occasional poker game in his Grandma Eisenbrauns basement. Throughout his life, when he wasnt busy farming, Ormal enjoyed racing, elk hunting, riding motorcycle, trips to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, corvette driving, camping, and boating. Ormal has served on the Cenex Board of Directors, the Dixon Township board, and was a member of the Gregory American Legion.
Twenty one years ago, he found his true calling in life he became GPa. He spent countless hours with his best friends: Kristin, Kelly, Nathan, Allison, Aaron, Cooper, and Callie. Many hours were spent monitoring 4-wheeler and motorcycle rides, pushing grandkids in the swing, building a playhouse, teaching them about hunting and gun safety, and monitoring the "nest" where the grandkids spent many nights at the farm. Ormal and Lynn were fixtures in the stands as their best friends played soccer, hockey, softball, volleyball, baseball, wrestling, and dance, along with any other events the grandkids participated in. Ormals pride in his grandchildren showed on his face and was shared in his stories. With the addition of each grandchild Ormals love for his family grew. You didnt have to talk with him long to see this.
Following retirement Ormal and Lynn enjoyed vacationing with friends including 2 trips to Hawaii, Washington DC, Texas, and Arizona. Ormal was a very loyal friend who was the first to help. To Ormal, once a friend always a friend as witnessed by the large group of high school friendships he maintained.
Ormal was preceded in death by his infant twin brother Orval, his father Reubin, his maternal grandparents Adolph and Bertha Eisenbraun and his paternal grandparents Wilhelm and Elizabeth Zeller. He is survived by his wife Lynn, children Amy Ford of Sioux Falls, Paula (Troy) Sundquist of Gregory, Holly (Kyle) Hodge of Harrisburg and the lights of his life Kristin Ford, Kelly Ford, Nathan Ford, Allison Sundquist, Aaron Sundquist, Cooper Hodge and Callie Hodge, his sister Sharon Zeller and mother Viola Zeller along with numerous other family and friends.
Prayer Services will be held Wednesday July 30, 2014 at the Gregory United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm. Funeral Services will be at the Gregory Park on Thursday July 31, 2014 at 10:30 am with interment at the IOOF cemetery and lunch to follow at the Gregory United Methodist Church.