Daniel J. Zeiter

April 18, 1964 ‒ April 04, 2020

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Some eyes see greatness. They have a grand vision for the potential that can be formed from the common and the everyday. These were the eyes of Dan Zeiter.

As an Ontario city councilman for almost 15 years, it was under his leadership that the village was transformed into the thriving city it is today. He held many positions over his tenure and chaired several committees. Dan additionally co-founded the non-profit community group Ontario Youth Sports (OYS) in May of 1998. His vision for youth in the community and surrounding area was instrumental in developing ball fields and public parks. He also enjoyed attending Crossroads Church where he volunteered in the youth ministries program.

​The son of Curtis & Elizabeth (Sensibaugh) Zeiter, Daniel was born April 18th, 1964, in Mansfield. He was a graduate of Madison Comprehensive High School. Shortly after high school, a beautiful young lady named Cyndi Walker caught his eye and the pair married on October 15th, 1988.

Dan and Cyndi were happily married for nearly 32 years. They lived life to its fullest and treasured the time spent together with their three sons, future daughter-in-law, and all of their dearest family and friends. All who knew Dan, loved, admired, and looked up to him. Dan was an exceptional husband, father, and son who always put others before himself, willing to help anyone in any way he could. He was very talented; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t repair, build, or figure out. Over his 30 year professional career, he worked at Shiloh Corporation, National Steel, and most recently U.S. Steel as a Senior Metallurgical Engineer where he retired June 30th, 2018.

​Some of Dan’s most cherished memories included coaching, vacationing, and spending time with his family. He coached his sons for over 20 years throughout their youth in basketball, baseball, and football, never missing a game. He touched the lives of many and served as a father figure for several young men growing up. As an avid sports fan, if he wasn’t coaching, he was watching other sporting events in person or on TV. In his earlier years, before starting a family, he enjoyed dirt bike racing, raccoon hunting, and different sports leagues; specifically softball, bowling, and golf. Dan also loved traveling and spending time with his family; playing cards, board games, and several other outdoor activities. Most recently, Dan and Cyndi went on a cruise to Alaska (his favorite vacation was cruising).

One of Dan’s deepest passions that not many knew about was genealogy and his ancestry. A personal goal of his in life, post-retirement, was to map out his ancestry across Europe and travel abroad. But, even a focused vision on life, faith, and community can become clouded in a moment of tragic and unexpected news regarding his deceased father – a moment filled with pain, anguish, and hopelessness. A moment that will not, and does not define him or the life he lived. Daniel Jacob Zeiter, of Ontario, passed away Saturday, April 4th, 2020. He was 55. If you or someone you know find themselves experiencing a moment or time of emotional distress, despair, confusion, weakness, or depression, please call The Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK.

Lamentations 3:21-23 – But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Cyndi Zeiter of Ontario; sons Zane Zeiter of Mansfield, Derek Zeiter (Fiancée Chelsea Strohm) of Lexington; and Owen Zeiter of Ontario; mother Elizabeth Morgan (Charles) of Mansfield; brother Michael Zeiter (Michelle) of Mansfield; brother Jim Reedy (Amy) of St. Johns, FL; mother-in-law and father-in-law Madlyn and Robert Walker of Ontario; sister-in-law Kimberly Blanton (Thomas) of Ashland; brother-in-law Brad Walker (Fiancée Alexandra Copley) of Clearwater Beach, FL; step-sister-in-law Amanda Zeger; grandmother-in-law Alice Walker & many other beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Curtis Zeiter and his Grandparents Virginia and Alfred Zeiter; Kathryn and Carlos Sensibaugh; Edna and Dusty Desenberg.

​The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting his family with cremation services. To observe social distancing, a private service will be held in the Zeiter home led by Pastor Dave Vance of Crossroads Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you pay it forward by performing a random act of kindness in Dan’s memory.

​Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Daniel’s family and online condolences to them may be made at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Cindy, boys and family. Our sincerest condolences for all of you. Prayers for all of you. Dan was 1st person to encourage Synclaire when she wanted to play football.

  • Cyndi, Zane, Derek, and Owen, our hearts are broken with the news of Danny’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and a blessing to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Uncle Randy and I will cherish his memory always. Praying for God to bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dear Cindy and Family, sending our deepest condolences in the loss of Dan. May God comfort you and bring you peace in the days and weeks ahead. Lifting your family in prayer. Charlie and Kathy Hamrick-Watson (Class of ’82)

  • Our deepest sympathies to the Zeiter family.
    So sorry for your loss.
    Dan, Brenda & Garret Niss

  • So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jeff and Robyn Bellew

  • So sorry for the loss of Dan. Will cherish good memories of him and the passion he lived with. May God grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time. We’re praying for your family. Greg & Eileen Clemens

  • My heart hurts for you and your family at this time…Praying for God’s Peace and Comfort …Im so sorry for your loss.

  • Dan was an admiration to little league kids all over Ontario. Sorry for your loss Zeiter family.

  • Cyndi, Zane, Derek and Owen. Finding the word to help comfort you seem impossible at this time. Know your in our thoughts and prayers. Find comfort in the love and closeness you all have. Lean on each other. Don’t be afraid to ask for anything. Our condolences. Kipp, Tina,Troy and Emily Vermillion

  • You will be in our thoughts and prayers Zeiter family. We will cherish the memories of Dan coaching our son in OYS sports.

  • My heart is so heavy as I sit and remember him and how he was a wonderful mentor to my three children in and out of sports. He says smiled and was always so nice to me and my family. My prayers and love go out to the family.

  • Our Deepest Sympathies to you all. Dan was a great man. He will be missed.

    Matthew 5 verse 4 :
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

    Paul & Connie Gleisinger

  • Cyndi and family,

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers, constantly. I am broken hearted and at a loss for words. Everyone who knew Danny loved him. He had such a loving, tender heart. May God rest his soul.

  • Cindy, I am so sorry to hear about Dan. He was such a great guy, who always had a smile on his face, even in the dental chair. My heart goes out to you and the boys. May you find comfort in your family, friends, and the memories of a wonderful life together. Sending healing thoughts and prayers, Kathy Bowen

  • God Bless you and the boys Cyndi, this is such a shock to us all.He was a wonderful person and I know he was also a wonderful husband ,father and friend.He always had a special spot in my heart ,from the day I met him.I love you all so very much and praying for you all .Pray that God gives you much comfort in this terrible time. I know He loves us and will always be there .If you need me or anything ,just let me know. I love you all Evelyn

  • Cyndi my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your faith and love of your family comfort you.

  • Cyndi and family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Words may not sufficiently express the sorrow we feel. He was a dear friend and we will greatly miss him. We will keep you close in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We are very sorry for your loss and we are all sending your family prayers🙏🏻

  • Cindy, boys and family,
    Our deepest sympathies go out to your family. Dan was a great guy who served the community with such a positive impact to those that knew and loved him. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers and ask that God give you strength in the days, weeks and months ahead. We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Tracy and Lori Rupert and family

  • Cindi ,Zane,Derek,Owen . This was a shock to all of us. Dan was a great husband, father and a great friend to all of us. We are going to miss him greatly.We love you all so very much.Pray that god gives you great comfort in this terrible time. Love You❤️

  • Such a sad and tragic loss. My heart goes out to you Cindi and boys. Dan was respected by many in his roles as coach and councilman. My the Lord God comfort you in these sad times.

  • Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family in this most difficult time 🙏🙏🙏.

  • Cyndi and sons,
    Your all are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss. Remember all the good times to help you thru this.

  • My deepest condolences to the Zeiter family. Dan was a good friend, not just to me, but to anyone that needed a friend. He will be forever missed & remembered by all that knew him. I am a better person today for having known Dan. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Cyndi and boys, I am so very sorry for your loss, Dan was a wonderful man who will be missed dearly. I was so like to call him my friend. If there is anything you and the boys need please just let us know what we can do for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dear Cindi and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful husband, father and friend. At a time words cannot express everything I want to say. We will be lifting you all up in prayer and we want you to know we love you.
    Tiffany and Steve Yoha

  • So sorry to hear your husband passed away my heart goes out to you and your son’s God bless you

  • So very sad to hear the news of Dan’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. He was an amazing father, community member and coach and he will be greatly missed by all.

    Jeff and Wendy Jolley and family

  • To the entire Zeiter family, our deepest sympathy.
    It was a pleasure working with Dan to begin OYS and get the baseball fields built at Marshall park.
    We had a lot in common:
    Both love Family, Friends & Ontario Community
    Both in manufacturing
    Both a member of the “My 3 sons” club(Probably the most difficult job)
    Both just went to Alaska
    Both appreciate our History

    Rest in peace my friend

  • I worked with Dan for many years at Shiloh Corp, Dan was a stand up guy. I would see him now and then around town and we would recount the “old days” at work. I will miss him dearly! My prayers go out for the family.

  • Cyndi, Zane , Derek and Owen
    Words can’t express how sorry we are for.you all. Dan was a great man will be missed by everyone. I know we really looked forward to the times when we were getting together and talking about our families and things going on in our lives. Always made us feel like we were not just great friends but like a family.He always took interest in our kids and I know they really enjoyed being around him. Dan was very knowledgeable and I went to him a lot for his opinions on a lot of things.Out thoughts and prayers are with you and we are there for you anytime you need anything,

  • Dear Cyndi and family;

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. It is our hope that our thoughts and prayers give you comfort.

  • Zeiter Family, it is truly a sad day in the City of Ontario. Please know we share in your sorrow. May you all experience the peace that passes understanding, now and in the days ahead. Evan and Susan Hellinger

  • Dearest Cyndi, Owen, Derek and Chelsea,
    Our hearts are heavy as we grieve with you over the unexpected loss of Dan. “We grieve but NOT as those who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 . Dan made such an impact on all of us who were blessed to know him. He left a legacy , not only in his sons, but in the community he worked so hard to strengthen. As we approach the celebration of the resurrection of our Savior, JesusChrist, let us all cling to the promises found in Romans 8:38,39 that nothing can separate us from the love of God, found in Christ Jesus. We are lifting you in prayer with sympathy and faith.

  • Cyndi,Zane,Derek,Owen and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. He did so many things for our city.Rest in Peace Dan Your family is in our prayers.

  • Dear Cindi and Boys,we were so sad to hear about Dan’s passing ,he will be greatly missed,just know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Steve & Lori Santmyer

  • Cyndi, Owen and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss!
    Our prayers are with you,
    Andrea, Scott and Joe Ginter

  • Cyndi and family I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you find confront in this trying time.

  • Cyndi, Owen, Derek and Chelsea,

    So sorry to hear the news of Dan. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dan, Sydney, Skylar, Logan

  • Cyndi,Derek,Zane and Owen,
    Our hearts ache for all of you, We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. God is your rock fall into His arms!!

  • So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Dan after council meetings as he had a wealth of knowledge and you knew when he spoke, he spoke with a purpose. He will be missed.

  • Dear Cindy and Boys,
    So sorry for your loss. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Cyndi & boys,

    My deepest sympathy for your family in your time of loss. Had some great times coaching with & against Dan, he will be missed by many.

  • So sorry for Your loss, thinking of You and praying for the strength to endure with God’s Amazing Love.

  • I’m saddened to hear this news, My deepest condolences to your family and close friends you were a great person to know and always had a smile when I saw you out around town. Rest In Peace my friend…

  • Dear Zeiter Family,
    We send heartfelt condolences to you all during this difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan & Laurie Hall & family

  • Cyndi and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your husband and Father. Dan was a great man. coach to my son and all around good person. Prayers for all of you at this difficult time.
    The Stirp family

  • Our condolences to the Zeiter family. Danny was a great friend growing up on Ford Rd. I will never forget the best thing we did was lighting baseball cards on gore on his basement and his mom came home early and well we got in soooo much trouble. Danny you were taken way too soon. You will be dearly missed 😢🙏

  • I’m so very sorry to hear this. Dan was such a great person. I’ve known him since jr. high. Always a nice, sincere man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ♥️🙏♥️🙏

  • With deepest sympathy we are so sorry Cyndi, Zane, Derek and Owen for the passing of your precious Husband and Father. May God the Father grant you peace, strength and comfort. Ontario will always grieve and mourn the loss of Dan. He was a special man you could turn to.
    Bill and Tonya Flanegan

  • This is so heart wrenching. I am so sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of you.

    Beth Cinadr-Tromler & Chloe, Lexi & Aaron

  • Cyndi,

    Don and I are so very sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. We are so shocked and very sad. Out hearts are breaking for you and your boys. We’re praying God helps you find comfort and peace through this most difficult time. Hang on to the wonderful memories you have with Danny and the great husband and father he was to you and your boys. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.


    Don and Sonja

  • Dear Cyndi and sons, our heart breaks for you at the loss of you loving Husband and Father, we will keep you all in our prayers. Love and prayers Bill and Jeanne Beckett

  • Cindi and family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May knowing that others are hurting for you and praying give you comfort in the days ahead. May God hold you all close. Dave and Brenda Thompson family

  • To the Zeiter Family,,,
    We are sooooo sorry for Dans’ passing. We certainly share some awesome memories of the years when our boys played basketball together. We pray for comfort and peace , that only God can give during this dark journey. We love you all and are covering you in our prayers. RIP precious Dan. Gone too soon!

    Robin, Mona and Kevin Ujoodha

  • To the family you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you as you go through this difficult time! Dan was a wonderful man and made such a wonderful impact on this community !

    The Bergers❤️

  • Zeiter family,
    I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Dan’s passing. He was a good guy and so supportive of the positive things in Ontario. Our deepest condolences to you all and may you find strength and comfort with each other during this difficult time.

  • Cyndi ; Iam so sorry for your loss ; I love you all so very much ; and if you ever want to talk ; Iam here for you Love you Sandy Carsey : at 419 631 5822 ; call me any time you need too !, love you sweetie 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

  • Cyndi & boys,
    Sending you strength, prayers & hugs. ❤️❤️ We are so sorry.
    Lots of love,
    Bree & Evan Hout

  • Cyndi and family, I was so sad to hear of Dan’s passing. I can only imagine your grief and feelings of loss right now. Dan was someone I knew that would do great things with his life when we were in school. He exceeded in every way with everything he did. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Cyndi,Zane, Derek,Owen and Chelsea ,my heart is breaking for you and I cherish getting to know Dan and his gentle kindness. He is with God and at peace. I pray every day for you all in this time. I love you all.

  • So sorry to hear this.May love, peace & prayers surround you all at this tragic time (Class of 82)

  • Cyndi, Zane, Derek, Owen, Chelsea and all of your family . My prayers to you as all of us share in your sorrow for the loss of a husband, father, friend and unquestionably a mentor to so many lives he impacted. Dan shared his kindness and family with so many of us throughout the years . He will continue to live in the hearts he leaves behind . May the Lord guide you through these days ahead and comfort your hearts.
    ‘ He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds – Psalm 147.2
    Love to you all Brenda and Carl

  • Zeiter family,
    Our sympathy and prayers to all of you in this very tragic time. May the lord comfort you and give you the strength you all need in the days ahead. He was a great man! May he RIP.

  • So very sorry….prayers for you all to find peace and comfort in this time of loss❤🙏

  • Cindy, I’m so sorry to hear about Dan ! if there is anything I can do for you,please let me know ! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys . Jeff & Belinda Reed

  • I am very saddened to learn of Dan’s passing. I worked with him at Shiloh and he was a great boss and one of the nicest people I have ever met. My condolences go out to the family.

  • Our condolences to the Zeiter Family on the passing of Dan. He will truly be missed by all. R.I.P. Dan.

    The Sauer Family.

  • Sending our deepest sympathies to all of you. Dan was a wonderful man! You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Dan was a wonderful role model to all the boys he coached at Ontario. We had nothing but respect for him. May God be with you all during this horrible time. Prayers for the Zieter family.

  • So sorry to hear of your husbands loss Cindi and boys. May God see you thru this difficult time. Always in my thoughts and prayers

  • Cyndi and Family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you all.
    Dan had a gentle kindness that we all loved and he will truly be missed.
    Rest In Peace our dear friend .
    We love you.
    Jane & Joey

  • So sorry for your loss Cyndi and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sending our deepest sympathy to you Cyndi and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that God helps you find comfort through this difficult time. Dave and Ann

  • Cyndi, Derek and Owen, no words can express the sadness of Dan’s passing but it is my hope that all the love and wonderful memories you have will comfort you along with everyone’s thoughts prayers during this time. May God bless and comfort you all.

  • We are very sorry for your loss. There are no words to say that will make things better, but know that our prayers are with you and your family.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • So sorry for your loss of a good man. Will always remember coaching against and with him, especially HAVOC. It was always a pleasure running into him and catching up on our families. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was was great guy who made huge contributions to the Ontario community. Condolences to the family.

  • Cyndi- Family , So so sorry to hear of your Loss Of Dan . May God Wrap his arms around you and your family and hold you all so Tight !!! Rest in Heaven !

  • Cyndi and family, we are so sorry to hear of your lose- you are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

  • Hugs and heartfelt condolences to you, Cyndi and family. No words can express how sorry we are to hear of Dan’s passing.

  • Dear Cyndi and family, so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. Sending love from the Cushing (racing) family in this difficult time.

  • Zeiter Family, May God comfort you in this difficult time. Praying for peace for all of you. Deepest sympathies, Kevyn and Monica Morehead

  • Cyndi, Zane, Derek and Owen,
    No words can mend your broken hearts. A community of love surrounds you to support you in this tragedy you are experiencing. In spite of the horrors of real life, may you know Peace and Love that can pull us through.

  • Zeiter Family so sorry for your loss, I worked with Dan at Shiloh and had many acquaintances with him within the Ontario community, He was a great man. We are holding you up in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • Cindi, Zane, Derek and Owen,

    I worked with Dan for a few years. He was my US Steel Rep at Honda. I learned so much from him and considered him a great friend, as I know anyone that knew Dan did. He taught me so much. The one thing I admired about Dan was the love he had for his family. He was so very proud to be your husband and the father of you 3 boys. I feel like I know the family just from the stories, game results exam scores, vacations, holiday monopoly games etc. My heart is broken for you all. We definitely gained another angel. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • It was a sad day when we heard about your loss, Dan was such a wonderful person. He gave a lot to the community in so many ways. When Owen and Grant were in high school, they were close friends and he spent a lot of time with them; Grant viewed Dan as a father figure. He served as role model and always listened and gave him great advice. Dan made everyone feel accepted, as if they had known him forever. He was highly respected & you should be proud of the great man he was. He will be forever remembered for his contributions and the many lives he touched throughout his life. He will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Zeiter Family, My heart is hurting for all of you! Your fam was so special to me while teaching preschool in Ontario. I will continue to pray for peace during this confusing time. May you find HIS comfort. My deepest love and concern,
    Laurie Fike

  • Dear Cyndi, Zane, Derek, and Owen,
    We have been thinking of you, and sending prayers for your family during this time. May the Lord keep you in his loving care, and fill you with peace that goes beyond human understanding.

    With love,
    Mike & Autumn Barry

  • Cyndi, Zane, Derek and Owen,
    No words are adequate to say how sorry we were to hear of Dan’s passing. Please know that you are surrounded with love and prayers at this really difficult time. Dan truly was a great guy.
    Julie Boals Laribee

  • I worked many years with Dan at Shiloh.We hired in at the same time.He was always a pleasure to work with and to be around.You and your family are in our prayers

  • Cyndi and Boys,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He has touched so many lives and left an enormous legacy in Ontario. I hope the love and memories help to heal your broken hearts as time moves on without him near. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Dawn Marquis-Konyn