Richard Loren Zellmer

January 7, 1929April 21, 2018

ZELLMER, Richard L. (Age 89) –

Passed away April 21, 2018 in Davenport, WA his home. He was born on January 7, 1929 in Spokane, WA to Albert and Irma Zellmer. He grew up in Davenport and attended school graduating in 1947. He then attended Washington State College (now WSU) and graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Richard met Jeanette Jarvis, an art teacher with the Spokane School District, at Central United Methodist in Spokane. They married on June 30, 1962 in Little Falls, Minnesota, Jeanette’s hometown. The couple moved from Spokane to Davenport in 1964 where they farmed and raised their children on the family farm. Richard was a member of the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge F&A.M., former Davenport School Board member and the Davenport Grange. Richard enjoyed planting trees, farming, walking through his wheat fields and was a devoted WSU Cougar fan. Richard is survived by his wife Jeanette at the home, three children Alissa (& Joe) Nadeau, Kay Zellmer and Kyle (& Kristin) Zellmer along with seven grandchildren: Hannah, Brody, Tessa, Alex, Kylin, Cady and Chase as well as his brother Verne (& Linda) Zellmer along with numerous nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Willard Zellmer. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church, 207 Sixth St., Davenport, WA with Pastor Lucas Boomsma officiating. Memorials may be made to the Lincoln Hospital Foundation, 10 Nicholls St., Davenport, WA 99122 or to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Please sign the online guestbook at . STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the Zellmer family.


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Friday, May 4, 2018

Richard Loren Zellmer

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Betty Deach

April 30, 2018

So sorry for your loss Jeanette and family. It brings me great joy remembering all the great memories in knowing Richard and Jeanette and their lovely family. Rirchard's love for our Lord and Savior Jesus was so apparent in his everyday living. Remembering his Sunday worship came before harvesting his crops knowing it could rain the next day. The lord will provide, I can hear him saying. I felt so very blessed in being able to have called Richard my friend.
Love in His Mercy, Betty

Valerie Weck

April 26, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss Alissa. My condolences to your mom and your family. I never met your dad but heard what a wonderful man he was. Pepe has such wonderful stories of him. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless you all.

Denise Nadeau

April 26, 2018

I remember the good times and wonderful memories with Richard. I remember the delicious Salmon dinner at the Zellmer farm after Alissa and Joseph's wedding and how gracious the family was to us out of town folks. Richard will be missed. My prayers are with Jeanette and the family at this time of sorrow . I am so sorry for your loss.

Joseph Nadeau

April 26, 2018

I remember many years ago working on the farm with Richard and his workers. I spent the harvest season with him . Times I will never forget. I am grateful for our time together and my prayers go out to Jeanette, Alissa, Kyle, Kay and the rest of the family. Joe Nadeau