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Von Baird Zeller

Born: Sat., Aug. 2, 1947
Died: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Tue., Jan. 15, 2019
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Jan. 15, 2019
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Interment following funeral service

Tue., Jan. 15, 2019
Location: Lovell Cemetery

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Von Baird Zeller was born on August 2, 1947 to Clarence and Bessie Zeller in Powell, Wyoming.  He passed away on January 10, 2019 in Billings, Montana. :(

Von attended Lovell Schools and graduated from Lovell High School in 1965.   He spent his high school years working in the bee business and on the farm with his dad.   After high school he attended Northwest college while waiting to serve a mission because there was a limit on how many missionaries could be sent at a time.  At Northwest College, he studied horticulture. He was called to serve a mission in the West Spanish American Mission and reported to the Mission Home in Salt Lake City on August 28, 1967 where he served mainly in California and Arizona in a Spanish speaking mission.  

When he returned from his mission he had to enlist in the military or get drafted by his mother who at the time was the secretary at the Selective Service office.  He researched what branch of service he would like to join and decided on the Navy. After naval school in Pensacola, Florida, Von married the love of his life Pam in the Idaho Falls Temple on October 27, 1970.  Von then reported to the Guam Naval base and Pam joined him shortly thereafter where he served as part of the U.S. Naval Security Group for 2 years and then to Misawa, Japan where he spent the next 4 years.   During this time, they made several friends and had two children Keith and Joneen.  In 1976 Von was honorably discharged from the Navy and returned to Lovell to work with his dad in the family business.  Upon returning to Lovell they had three more children: April, Betsy, and Jonathan.  Von worked as a beekeeper for many years.  Beekeeping was one of Von’s loves after his wife Pam and family.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for his entire life.  He lived through example and served in many positions including Bishop of the Lovell 4th ward, the High Council, High Priest Group Leader, ward missionary, and many other positions.  Most recently he was the Elder’s Quorum President for the Cowley 1st Ward.  He worked in the Billings Montana Temple with Pam for ten years.  He then became a coordinator for the Billings Temple.  He loved serving in the temple and indexing was one of his favorite hobbies. Von enjoyed gardening, watching his grandchildren in their various activities, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Clarence and Bessie Zeller; brother in-laws’ Tom Prosser and Paul Schueler

Von is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pam. Their children: Keith Zeller, Joneen Costigan (Jay), April Christensen (Lee), Betsy Sammons (Ty), and Jonathan Zeller (Rebecca). Grandchildren: Kaelan Snell; Alex, JJ, and Rhiannon Costigan; Tyla Finn, Sean Heiner, KC Christensen; Colton, Shelby, and Jack Wardell; Caden and Chasnee Zeller; Megan Weinand and Marie Hillman. Great Granddaughter Oaklyn Costigan. Siblings; Mitchel Zeller (Jane), Annella Prosser, JoAnn Schueler, Gene Zeller (Virginia), and Sidney Pitt (Laurence).

Funeral Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lovell, Wyoming on January 15th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment was in the Lovell Cemetery.

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Sandy clark
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
You are all in our thoughts and prayers

   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends who will miss this very special man. His presence at the Temple will be greatly missed by us as a part of his "Temple Family"

Kevin and Keri Schilthuis
   Posted Thu January 17, 2019
Von was one of the first to welcome us when we moved to this area 12 years ago. He and Pam showed us hospitality and kindness in so many different ways. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends!

Lisa Gebhardt
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
Our condolences to Von's family from Marlene and her family. Our thoughts are with you. We appreciate the closeness of a family that works and plays together and know it will help during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
Lisa Gebhardt (Marlene's daughter)
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