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GLENN EUGENE ZELLNER
April 20, 1928 – December 24, 2019
Glenn Eugene Zellner, aged 91 years, passed away on Christmas Eve, 2019, at his place of residence, his daughter’s home in Tuttle, Oklahoma. His loving wife Hazel, his daughter Gayle and her husband Kelton, and his son Glenn were in attendance.
Glenn was born to Fred and Helen Zellner at their home (an apartment above a grocery store) in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 20, 1928. He was raised and attended public schools in Cleveland. Glenn joined the Army Air Force in 1946 and served until 1947. He fell in love with Hazel Horacek in 1947 and they were married on April 24, 1948. They shared 71 years together. Glenn and Hazel had two children, Gayle Lee born in 1950 and Glenn Alan born in 1955.
Glenn and Hazel lived in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Springfield, Missouri; Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma; residing at their home in Edmond for 49 years. In May of 2019 they moved into the home of their daughter Gayle and her husband Kelton Davidson in Tuttle, Oklahoma.
Glenn had several interesting vocations during his life – he painted locomotives at one time – but his career lay in the sales of business and banking equipment for Cummins Corporation and later Brandt Inc., which specialized in money handling and counting machines. He retired in 1990.
Glenn had many interests and hobbies. He built detailed models, raced slot cars, piloted line-controlled model airplanes and ultimately became an expert in all things remotely controlled, assembling airplanes, cars, and sailboats. He enjoyed competitions and the fellowship of like-minded hobbyists, many of who became close friends. Additionally, Glenn and Hazel were avid Bridge players, playing weekly with their friends for many years.
Glenn and Hazel took pleasure from traveling, with a European trip and several cruises among their adventures. However, Lake City, Colorado, became a favorite retreat. Beginning in 1984, they enjoyed many mountain vacations with their dear friends Doc and Dorothy Monnet. Another favorite pastime for the couple was enjoying casinos, an activity they continued as long as Glenn was able.
Glenn loved jokes, trading quips with family, friends, even the mailman in Edmond for years. He always had “a new one” to tell over coffee at the almost-daily gathering of a group of buddies at the Around the Corner Café in Edmond. Glenn was a very social person and easily befriended people, from close friends like his dentist, Jack Willoughby, to the service manager at the car dealership.
Glenn is survived by his wife Hazel, his daughter Gayle and husband Kelton Davidson of Tuttle, his son Glenn and wife Lois of Tulsa, six grandchildren – John, Jill, James, Joey, Grant and Austin, and 13 great grandchildren.
He will be dearly missed.