Emmett “Steve” Stephen Zell, 72, of Bellefontaine, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2014, at his home.
He was born in Bellefontaine on Jan. 1, 1942, to the late Emmett Edward and Lilly Marie Tevis Zell. Steve also was preceded in death by a brother, David Zell; daughter, Sharon Ann Zell; and stepdaughter, Betty Jo Predmore Zirkle.
He married Betty Jane Rockhold on June 29, 1974, in Bellefontaine and she survives, along with a son, Emmett Stephen Zell Jr. of Columbus; stepdaughters, Linda (Ed) Neal of Lewistown and Beth Ann (John) Vorhes of Waynesfield; stepsons, Robert (Shirley) Predmore of Ft. Jennings and John Predmore of Bellefontaine; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and sisters, Kathy Faught of West Mansfield and Julia Janecka of Rancho Cordova, Calif.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Steve retired from Buckeye Pump and was a member of the First Church of God, Bellefontaine.
A graveside service is at noon Monday at the Dayton National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellefontaine First Church of God, 1000 E. Brown Ave., Bellefontaine 43311.
Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.