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Keith Zorger

3 avril 192715 juin 2020

Keith Zorger, 93, of Spencerville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on June 15, 2020, to join his beloved wife, Donna Zorger, and his son Bruce Zorger (wife Patricia, children Danielle).

God said, “I need a man who will wake before dawn, work the fields, and shear the sheep; a man with biceps as strong as a giant’s with a heart gentle enough to calm a crying child;a man with the ability to fix any engine, train any dog, and catch any fish.”

Keith Zorger, a husband, father, farmer, retired American Hoist and Derreck factory-worker, and member of Leo United Methodist, was a quiet, simple man whose tackle box of life was filled with 93 years of memories. As his wife of 70 years put it, he rarely started the conversation, but he would contribute and you’d remember he had been there.

Keith was born on April 3, 1927 in Columbia City, Indiana to (Emmanuel) Dewey Zorger and Bessie (Stouder) Zorger. Keith is predeceased by his siblings Lavern, Norman, Marvin, Lyle and Jerry.

Leading by example, never accepting excuses and working until the job was done, and the fishing was good are just a few of the attributes his four children, ten grandchildren, sixteen great - grandchildren, one surviving sibling and a multitude of extended family and friends will think upon when they remember Keith.

At sixteen, Keith tried his hand as an entrepreneur. He planted popcorn. He watched it grow. He shelled it. Packaged it. Then, walked miles into town, and sold 100 pounds to a restaurant owner. “It was the first time working was my idea,” Keith said. “I got to keep all the money. I liked that. Nothing was going to just land at our feet. None of us kids just sat around.”

Whether it was his fight against rheumatic fever in high school that kept him from the war or his diagnoses of type 1 diabetes in 1978, Keith never let his life be defined by the bad news, but instead by the good.

On April 30, 1949, Keith and Donna were married in a private ceremony in Columbia City, Indiana, at Grace Lutheran Church. “Our years together have been very satisfying and rewarding,” Donna wrote in her 2011 autobiography. “

Keith is survived by his children and grandchildren: Lester (wife Cynthia, children Josh, Jason, Jennifer); Dennis (wife Terez, children Anthony and Andrew); Ann (husband Steve, children Aubrey and Abigail); and Jane (husband Daniel, children Daniel and Katie); sibling Jean (Zorger) Auld, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In 1981, Keith and Donna originally built The Golden Pond as a place Keith could go to fish. It later became a meeting place for a family; a place where you went to escape from the challenges of the world; a place where good fellowship anxiously awaited your return. Today, it marks a landscape where others have stood before you; where stories are shared and a legacy is spoken.

Nine years ago, Donna wrote that life was good, and there was nowhere else she would rather be than working with Keith on the farm. For those of us who loved him, we will never forget him. We will always feel him at the water’s edge of The Golden Pond, and for us, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

Private family services are being held. A Celebration of Keith's Life will be planned for a later date. Burial will be at Leo Cemetery, Leo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Leo United Methodist Church. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.

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ENVOYEZ CONDOLEANCES
Randy and Kathy Bergdall

juillet 18, 2020

Dennis, Terez, and Family,

We are sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger Smith

juin 21, 2020

Denny, I'm sorry to read of your Dad's passing. He must have been a wonderful man. I am keeping your family in my prayers.

JOHN GLASS

juin 21, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family..the grief at losing a
loved one is countered by the joy in celebrating a life well lived.
Along with others, I had numerous after- church conversations
with Keith and Donna, and thought the world of them and their
family.Lots of good memories will surface and be of comfort.The
family has a great heritage. God bless you.

Brenda Crawford

juin 21, 2020

I just wanted to let you all know that I am thinking of you all 💖 your dad was a great man. I feel privileged to have known both your dad and mom. Some of my best memories are of all of us together at your house on Saturday night. My sympathy and love to you all 💖 Brenda (Berghorn)

Joanne Beerbower

juin 18, 2020

Dear Zorger family, Your father and mother were such an inspiration to me on how to live my life. I always enjoyed hearing your Dad's stories about fishing and farming. You always knew if you needed help with anything Keith and Donna were there to give you support. Now they are together in heaven with our Lord, and I know your families and I will miss them here on earth. You have my sympathy.

Marilyn (Jones) Shoop

juin 18, 2020

Such a sweet family! My thoughts and prayers are with the Zorger family at this sad time. God bless as you celebrate a life well lived!
Ron and Marilyn (Jones) Shoop

Gary & Kim Brown

juin 17, 2020

Zorger family - our thoughts & prayers are with you right now.
Know that Keith was loved & admired by everyone who got to know him.
Our condolences & love.

Anavey Hosack

juin 17, 2020

Uncle Fuzz and Aunt Donna had always asked my dad (Bradford Hosack) or my grandma (Kay Zorger) and myself if we’d come and visit them before heading home for Minneapolis. Every visit, I would play with Sheba (Uncle Fuzz and Aunt Donna’s dog), then come visit inside where you’d here the cuckoo clock ticking. They’d ask about Minnesota and how my Great Grandparents ( Norman and Gloria Zorger) were doing, and if we had visited the cabin by golden pond and went fishing yet. They’d tell us stories and talk about their pride and joys, their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Uncle Fuzz and Aunt Donna were so very proud of their family’s achievements and watching their grandchildren grow into smart, athletic, hard working, and responsible people. I most remember the moment before ending our visits, when Aunt Donna would ask if we were hungry, who could never let a person whether family, friend, or stranger, leave without being taken care of first. Of course we didn’t want to spoil our appetite for my great grandmas home cooked meals. Great Grandma ( Gloria Zorger) would always wait patiently for us before eating supper. So to please Aunt Donna as well as my stomach, Uncle Fuzz always made sure we’d leave with an ice cream bucket of freshly made popcorn before heading back. And I looked forward to it every time I’d see them. They truly loved family and I was always so happy that they loved my family and I so much as well, even though we weren’t from their direct line of family (since I’m from Norm and Gloria Zorger’s side of the family that is). They always made sure that we knew they loved us and always wanted my family to visit them. They truly had so much love and kindness to share with everyone.

-Anavey Hosack

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Biographie

Keith Zorger, 93, of Spencerville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on June 15, 2020, to join his beloved wife, Donna Zorger, and his son Bruce Zorger (wife Patricia, children Danielle).

God said, “I need a man who will wake before dawn, work the fields, and shear the sheep; a man with biceps as strong as a giant’s with a heart gentle enough to calm a crying child;a man with the ability to fix any engine, train any dog, and catch any fish.”

Keith Zorger, a husband, father, farmer, retired American Hoist and Derreck factory-worker, and member of Leo United Methodist, was a quiet, simple man whose tackle box of life was filled with 93 years of memories. As his wife of 70 years put it, he rarely started the conversation, but he would contribute and you’d remember he had been there.

Keith was born on April 3, 1927 in Columbia City, Indiana to (Emmanuel) Dewey Zorger and Bessie (Stouder) Zorger. Keith is predeceased by his siblings Lavern, Norman, Marvin, Lyle and Jerry.

Leading by example, never accepting excuses and working until the job was done, and the fishing was good are just a few of the attributes his four children, ten grandchildren, sixteen great - grandchildren, one surviving sibling and a multitude of extended family and friends will think upon when they remember Keith.

At sixteen, Keith tried his hand as an entrepreneur. He planted popcorn. He watched it grow. He shelled it. Packaged it. Then, walked miles into town, and sold 100 pounds to a restaurant owner. “It was the first time working was my idea,” Keith said. “I got to keep all the money. I liked that. Nothing was going to just land at our feet. None of us kids just sat around.”

Whether it was his fight against rheumatic fever in high school that kept him from the war or his diagnoses of type 1 diabetes in 1978, Keith never let his life be defined by the bad news, but instead by the good.

On April 30, 1949, Keith and Donna were married in a private ceremony in Columbia City, Indiana, at Grace Lutheran Church. “Our years together have been very satisfying and rewarding,” Donna wrote in her 2011 autobiography. “

Keith is survived by his children and grandchildren: Lester (wife Cynthia, children Josh, Jason, Jennifer); Dennis (wife Terez, children Anthony and Andrew); Ann (husband Steve, children Aubrey and Abigail); and Jane (husband Daniel, children Daniel and Katie); sibling Jean (Zorger) Auld, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In 1981, Keith and Donna originally built The Golden Pond as a place Keith could go to fish. It later became a meeting place for a family; a place where you went to escape from the challenges of the world; a place where good fellowship anxiously awaited your return. Today, it marks a landscape where others have stood before you; where stories are shared and a legacy is spoken.

Nine years ago, Donna wrote that life was good, and there was nowhere else she would rather be than working with Keith on the farm. For those of us who loved him, we will never forget him. We will always feel him at the water’s edge of The Golden Pond, and for us, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

Private family services are being held. A Celebration of Keith's Life will be planned for a later date. Burial will be at Leo Cemetery, Leo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Leo United Methodist Church. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.