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Richard E "Dick"

June 3, 1924 – October 2, 2018

Richard Zettle
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Obituary for Richard E "Dick" Zettle

Richard Edward “Dick” Zettle, 94, of Farmers Mills died; Tuesday, October 2, 2018. He was born June 3, 1924, in Gregg Township, a son of the late Charles A. and Mabel G. (Neese) Zettle. On June 16, 1946, he married Betty R. Auman who survives at home.
Dick is a graduate of Gregg Township Vocational High School in 1943. He was drafted earlier in the same year to serve in the Army. He was a member of 557th AAA Battalion as a mechanic in the motor pool. His battalion was assigned to the 84th Infantry Division serving his tour of duty in Europe (ETO). He was involved in the Battle of the Budge. He earned 5 Battle Stars, one for each campaign in which he served. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Upon returning to civilian life Dick used the GI Bill to further his education at Williamsport Tech Institution where he studied and received his Journeymen papers in the trade of Tool and Die making. He worked at the old Titan/Cerro Metal in Bellefonte from 1946 – 1959; when he accepted a position with Saco-Lowell in Clemson, South Carolina as a Prototype Tech. Dick later joined Sangamo Electric and then in 1967, following the death of his father-in-law, moved back to Pennsylvania. He was employed by Micro Tool in State College then self-employed for a few years in Millheim, Pennsylvania. He finally returned to Cerro Metal in Bellefonte and retired in 1986.
Dick was a Life Member of the NRA; the 557th Battalion Association; and Millheim Post 444 American Legion. He was a member of the Spring Mills Fire Company, Logan Sportsman’s Club, GTVS Alumni Association and St. John’s Church. He has served in the church as a member of the U.C.C. Council, a Deacon, an Elder, and Director of the Union Cemetery Association. He was an active member of the choir.
Dick’s hobbies included gunsmithing and building small working model single cylinder gas engines. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed walking. Dick and his wife traveled extensively touring the eastern coast and in retirement traveling to Yellowstone National Park, Utah and Montana touring and visiting many popular tourist sites.
Dick is survived by his wife Betty A. Zettle of Farmers Mills, four children; Jeffrey L. Zettle and his wife, Brenda, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Rita M. Smith, Centre Hall; Beverly J. Zettle, Centre Hall; and Brenda J. Horner and her husband, Larry, Centre Hall; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, two sisters; Miriam Snyder and her husband, William, of Spring Mills and Joanne Scitti and her husband, Pacific, of Aaronsburg.
Along with his parents, Dick was preceded in death by two brothers; Donald W. Zettle, in infancy and Nevin C. Zettle, and two sisters; Inez M. Wise and Hazel Keister.
In accordance with Dick’s wished, there will be no services at this time. Burial will be announced at a later time and will be at the Union Cemetery, Farmers Mills.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Dick may be given to St. John’s U. C. C., 296 Ridge Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc 228 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Centre Hall, PA 16828. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at

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State College, PA 16801
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