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Friday January 25th, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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St. Therese Catholic Church
Saturday January 26th, 2019

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Donald James Zenner

Obituary of Donald James Zenner

Donald James Zenner, age 87 of Clinton, TN passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at his home. He was a loving husband and proud father of three sons. Donald enjoyed sporting events and watching his sons play. He was a veteran and after 21 years he retired from the United States Air Force. Donald also retired from the postal service after 17 years. He enjoyed fishing with his friends and loved to travel. He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Clinton, TN, where he was a Knight of Columbus for 68 years.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Cecilia Zenner; and sister, Monica Svendsen.

Donald is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Zenner of Clinton, TN; sons, Donald Zenner Jr of Oak Ridge, TN, Frank Zenner and wife, Mary of Union Grove, Wisconsin, and Wayne Zenner of Knoxville, TN; sister, Fran Pivek; granddaughters, Deanna Zenner Andritsch and husband, Aaron of Sturtevant, Wisconsin, and Ashley Zimmerman and husband, Zac of Union Grove, Wisconsin; one great granddaughter, Aubrey Andritsch; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Donald's family will receive his friends from 5pm - 7pm on Friday, January 25, 2019 in the chapel of Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN. His funeral mass will be at 10am on Saturday, January 26 th at St. Therese Catholic Church in Clinton, TN with Father Richard officiating. Donald's interment will follow his funeral mass at Baker Forge Memorial Cemetery in LaFollette, TN with full military honors. Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN is in charge of all arrangements.

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Ruth; I am so sorry to read of Don's passing. I served with him at Wheeler AFB, 1965-67; he also gave my passed wife away at my wedding. Over the years, I had thought about him often, and always wished I had seen him again. Wheeler had some great memories for me, got to know a lot of folks, and I had always liked him; he was warm, affable, and a giving man. I will have a good thought and prayer for him. With my deepest sympathy; Richard Cormier Former SGT; USAF.

Richard Cormier Mar 3 2019 12:00 AM

I'm pretty sure this happened in 1970. Uncle Don was stationed at Vandenburg AFB near Lompoc, CA. I was stationed at Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego, CA. My Grandma Zenner was visiting Don and he was going to bring the family down to Disney Land. I was living in the barracks but somehow Don was able to get a message to me. Long story short I was able to meet my Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, and cousins for my first visit to Disney Land.

Roy Pivek Jan 26 2019 12:00 AM

Wayne and family. I am so sorry to read of your fathers loss. God Bless you all.

Tamela West (Tami Jenkins) Jan 25 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I loved Don and he was always good to my Father and Mother and my family. I love you Ruth and your boys. God always walks beside us and holds us up in times of trouble. Lean on Him.

Michael Marlow Jan 25 2019 12:00 AM

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