Jacob Zeller, 28, of Bellevue, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
He was born Feb. 23, 1985, in Sandusky, the son of Rick Zeller and Sam (Budd) Reau. Jake was a 2003 graduate of Bellevue Senior High School. He then graduated from Tiffin University in 2007, earning a B.A. in accounting.
Jake worked for Ballreich's in the Columbus area as an area manager. He had a passion for the game of golf. He was a member of the Bellevue varsity golf team during high school. He was a member of Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, where he was a two-time club champion in 2008 and 2010. He recorded a hole-in-one in 2008.
He was an avid Buckeye fan who loved being around his family, especially, being "Uncle Jakey" to his niece and two nephews. Jake will be known to many as a hard working and fun loving guy. Jake was someone who always cared for others before himself, he exemplified this during his fight with cancer, as he never complained about his hardships and was always eager to know how someone else was.
He will be missed by his father, Rick Zeller of Bellevue; mother, Sam Reau, and stepfather, Tom Reau, of Bellevue; two brothers, Jason (Angie) Zeller of Upper Sandusky and Jude Zeller of Sandusky; a sister, Jami (Craig) Claar of Bellevue; two stepbrothers, Zach Reau of Columbus and Jake Reau of Bellevue; girlfriend, Kari Phillips; niece, Ellie Zeller; three nephews, Easton Zeller and Carson Claar and Justin Reau; paternal grandparents, Alvin and Eileen Zeller; maternal grandparents, Ardis and Ed Bikulcius; aunts and uncles: Bob (Sam) Zeller, Chris (Ron) Brooks, Marilyn (Bart) Ramon, Amy (Chuck) Gittinger, Laurie (Charlie) Paul, Ruth Natole, Geralyn (Ron Daniels) Goodsite, Alvie (Sharon) Zeller, Kathy (Ted) Moore, Heidi (Brian) Zeller and Christopher Budd; special supporters, Kit Hetrick and Pat Wiedle; all of his golfing buddies at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course; and his many close friends who offered their support.
He was preceded in death by his three uncles, Roger Zeller, Timothy Budd and Anthony Budd; and a cousin, Timothy Budd.
Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at Foos and Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue, where a wake service will be at 1:30 p.m. At the family's request, Ohio State apparel is encouraged to be worn to the visitation.
His funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue, OH 44811. Burial will follow at Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all the members of "Team Jake" for the overwhelming support provided during this difficult time and would also like to thank Ashlea Weiker, The Sports Hut, Paul Ruffing, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Ballreich's and Bellevue and surrounding communities for their support during Jake's fight.
In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Jacob, memorials may be made to The OSU Wexner Medical Center, Fund No. 311812, Neuro-Oncology Research Fund, Office of Development, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.foosfuneral.com.