Gaylord D. Zody

February 07, 1934 ‒ March 02, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

Gaylord D. Zody passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, March 2, 2020, in Lifecare Hospice surrounded by his family. He was 86.

He was born February 7, 1934, in Perrysville to parents David Fess & Alta (Smail) Zody. After he graduated from Perrysville High School with the class of 1952, he proudly served his country by joining the US Navy.

Gaylord went on to work for CSX Railroad in the security department. The railroad took him all over the Midwest throughout the years, eventually landing him in Columbus, where he retired after several years of service. After retirement, he moved back to Perrysville and married Norma (Frank) Mowers on December 26, 2004.

In spare time, Gaylord took pleasure in the outdoors. He was an avid turkey hunter and fisherman. He and Norma also enjoyed camping in their motorhome and traveling, specifically to Hawaii and Alaska. Gaylord attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Perrysville and was a member of the Perrysville VFW Post 8586.

He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years Norma Mowers-Zody; stepdaughter Cyndde Mowers; granddaughters Tori (Calvin Lowe) Mowery and Rasheena (Ricky) Davis; great-grandson Wesley Davis; sister-in-law Shirley Zody; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gaylord was preceded in death by his stepdaughter Patti Mowery and many brothers and sisters.

The Zody family will receive friends Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, 123 N. Market Street, Loudonville, Ohio. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 6, 2020, at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Richard Beal. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Perrysville where military honors will be performed by the Perrysville VFW and the Loudonville American Legion.

Contributions in Gaylord’s memory to the Patti Lee Mowers Mowery Scholarship may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Gaylord’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


  • Norma;
    I am sorry for your loss. I remember dad talking about Gaylord and him hanging out together. I remember you both coming to celebrate dad’s birthdays and coming to his funeral.
    May God’s love bring you peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of your husband.
    Enjoy all those precious memories of your travels and time with family.

    God Bless.

  • Oh, Norma,

    You certainly had a wonderful man in your life. I’m Phyllis, in Mansfield, and it doesn’t seem to be that long ago that you and Gaylord stopped at my house and brought me the family history of the Zodys along with some info on my Grandma May Smail who was Alta Smail Zody’s sister and Gaylord’s mom.

    My husband died last year on Feb 1 2019 also. So I definitely know how you and your family feel. In fact all the brothers and sisters of Alta and Fess Zody were the nicest I ever had in my early life growing up and there were quite a few children.

    Just remember the good times ….that helps put a smile on my face.

    God Bless…