Gerald Richardson (Jerry) Zeller (89) died December 18, 2020 at Charlotte Health and Rehabilitation Center, Charlotte, NC after several months of critical illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Gerald Theodore Zeller and Virginia Neff Zeller, and one sister, Elizabeth Z. Johnston. He is survived by one son, Kristopher Ramsey Zeller and wife Catherine, and their children Jude and Hanna Zeller (VA) and siblings, Barbara Hadden (OH), Ted Zeller and Virginia Sullivan (NC), and Richard Zeller (FL).
Jerry lived most of his life in Ohio and attended Ohio State University where he founded the first interracial fraternity Beta Sigma Tau. He served his country as a Conscientious Objector serving two years in the "disadvantaged" neighborhoods of Chicago and Baltimore. It was there that he became a champion of the poor and disinfranchised. He was a very early civil rights worker and participated in the Freedom Schools as an expression of his lifelong commitments to racial justice and non-violence. He worked for many year for COMACO in Columbus, Ohio, rehabing and insulating the homes of the poor. After moving to NC in the '90's he worked in home improvement using his great "attention to detail" habits doing intricate tilework, sheetrock, and wallpapering Work on his own home won a Grand Prize cash award for best kitchen remodel from the Times News.
Jerry loved reading good literature and discussing ideas and opinions. He also volunteered much of his free time teaching Engligh as a Second Language in Burlington. A lover of music, he contributed his fine baritone voice to many church choirs and chorales in Durham and Charlotte. His voice, his presence and his opinions will be sorely missed.