Donald Ottis Zwiebel

Born: Fri., Dec. 6, 1935
Died: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 24, 2015
Location: Salm-McGill-Tangeman

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Mar. 25, 2015
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

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Donald Ottis Zwiebel, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away at his home on March 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM.   He was born in Shelby County to Adam H. and Helen (Oakley) Zwiebel on December 6, 1935.   He graduated from Botkins High School in 1953.    He was engaged in farming on his family farm near Botkins.   He later worked at Provico and Hubbard Feed in Botkins, Ohio.   He retired in 1988.   He is survived by his wife, Shirley A. (DeWeese) Zwiebel, one son, John Zwiebel of Lima, Ohio, two daughters, Amanda Evans of Botkins, Ohio and Debra Zwiebel of Sidney, Ohio and three stepsons, Steve Kinninger of Sidney, Ohio, Joseph Kinninger of Sidney, Ohio and James Kinninger of Piqua, Ohio; a sister, Betty Benroth and husband Wilbur of Ottawa, Ohio, six grandchildren and  four great-grandchildren.   One son, James Zwiebel and one sister, Ruby Arnold are deceased.   He and his wife raised miniature donkeys for several years.  They were lovers of all animals.  He was an avid gardener and gave much away to friends and neighbors.   He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney, Ohio with Rev. Jonathan Schriber.   Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson, Ohio.    Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 2-8 PM.    Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, SCARF, P.O. Box 67, Sidney, Ohio   45365 or the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee  38105.   Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.    Condolences may be expressed to the Zwiebel family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:

Charitable donations may be made in Donald's memory to the following organizations:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Tel: 901 495 3300

The SCARF Program (Shelby County Animal Shelter)
1100 Clem Rd., Sidney, Ohio 45365

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Teresa (Foster) Doseck
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather Don. Shirley, we were united on a journey with my "adopted grandmother" Mary Layton. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and know that he is safe in heaven.

Joni Regula
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
John, I was so sorry to hear the loss of your father. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you remember him, and celebrate his life. Kind Regards, Your friend, and classmate, Joni Regula

Velma Fries
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
We were very sad to hear of Don's passing. Our deepest sympathy to Shirley and to Don's family. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the funeral or come to the viewing as we are in Florida. So sorry.

Velma and Gene Fries

Laura Feroze (Cathcart)
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Amanda and family -so sorry to hear about your dad . We are thinking about you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . We love you Laura Saj and family.

Jimmy Herring
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
Shirley you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I want you to know how appreciative i am to have had Don and you in my life. All the way from seeing you two at basketball games, to the compliments you guys always handed out and visiting your farm and Donkeys and not to mention receiving Christmas cards throughout the years. Truly great people!

-Jimmy Herring

Lori Huffman
   Posted Wed March 25, 2015
Brad and I would like to extend our sympathies to the family at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.