Ludwig (Lud) August Zeller transitioned in his sleep June 5, 2013. He was born July 7, 1921, in Miltenberg, Germany, son of Augusta Brandt Zeller and Johann Friedrich "Fritz" Zeller. His father died when he was very young and his mother subsequently married the man Lud called "Pop," Karl Sebastian Mittnacht. He immigrated to the USA in 1929 and considered himself an American immediately upon arriving. He became a U.S. citizen in 1937 and was very proud of being American. He attended Public School #70 in the Bronx, N.Y. The family moved to Lambertville, N.J., in the 1930s where he attended Lambertville High School. In Lambertville he met, courted and married his life's love and companion, Suzanna June Brightbill, Nov. 20, 1941.
Mr. Zeller served as an aircraft metal-smith in the U.S. Navy and during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After the war, Lud, June and his parents purchased and settled on a farm in Holland Township near Milford, N.J., where they raised three sons, chickens and cows, selling eggs, beef and milk. He also had a 37 1/2-year career at the General Motors Ternstedt Division in Trenton, N.J., retiring as a general forman in 1980. After retirement, Lud and June left the Holland Township farm and split their time between Bernville, Pa., and St. James City, Fla., dancing, boating, fishing, building, puttering, brewing beer and creating wines.
He enjoyed, and was himself good company, telling stories, sharing food and helping/being helped by neighbors. He passed on his enjoyment, as well as his ability to make or fix just about anything, to his sons and anyone else willing to learn. Also high on his tutorial list was the "rule of 72" for investing, at which he excelled. He approached problems by looking for the assignable cause, then creating and applying a remedy. When asked about his times, he said "I did everything I wanted to do and loved life."
Ludwig (Lud) August Zeller
He is survived by his wife, June (95); their three sons, Karl Zeller of Wellington, Colo., Fred Zeller of Cape Coral and Tom Zeller of Baltimore, Md.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of his life later this summer in Pennsylvania and another in November in St. James City. Please contact Tom Zeller firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sympathy cards can be sent to June and family at 2948 Buttonwood Key Court, St. James City, FL 33956.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made to the Zeller Family Scholarship Fund, 9401 Shoofly Lane, Wellington, CO 80549. The fund gives annual awards to selected graduating high school seniors, who plan to continue in technical or non-academic careers as manifested by Lud's and June's lives.