Daniel J. Zeiter
April 18, 1964 ‒ April 04, 2020
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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