John Zeltwanger, age 88 of Hancock, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at West Wind Village in Morris, MN.

Visitation for John Zeltwanger will be Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church North, in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services for John Carl Zeltwanger will be Friday, March 22, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church North, in Morris. Burial will be at Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, rural Morris.

John Carl Zeltwanger was born on January 8, 1931, to William and Lillian (Eisenmann) Zeltwanger in Moore Township, Stevens County, Minnesota.  John was baptized at the Apostolic Christian Church in Hancock.  He grew up and attended school in Hancock, graduating with the Hancock High School, Class of 1949.  John enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Korean War.  On April 3, 1955, John was united in marriage to Mabel Schmidt in West Bend, Iowa.  They made their home on a farm near Hancock, Minnesota.  Together they farmed and raised cows, pigs, corn, and beans.  John loved his cattle and could always tell when they were sick.  They were blessed with one daughter, Connie.  John continued to live on the farm until he became a resident at the West Wind Village in Morris.

John was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church North, in Morris.  He enjoyed singing and was the song leader at church for many years.  John’s two claims to fame was that he never let anyone around his end in high school football and when he won the mile in the section track meet at St. John’s with one shoe!  He loved farming and watching sports – particularly watching his grandkids play.  John cherished the time he was able to spend with his family; but was known to sneak away during family functions to take care of the livestock. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family to be used for church missions.

John survived by his wife: Mabel Zeltwanger of Hancock, MN; one daughter: Connie (Steve) Nuest of Morris, MN; three grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one sister: Ila (Harold) Gramm of Hancock, MN; two brothers: William Zeltwanger Jr. of Texas and Lyle (Marilyn) Zeltwanger of Valparaiso, IN; and brother-in-law: Floyd Schmidgall of Morris, MN.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of arrangements.


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