Obituary — David Zeitzheim

Nov. 13, 1938 — Dec. 31, 2011
David A. Zeitzheim, 73 of Oak Harbor died Saturday, Dec. 31, at his home. He was born Nov. 13, 1938, in Sandusky, to the late Harold J. and Alma (Windeau) Zeitzheim. Dave was a 1956 graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic High School, a 1960 graduate of John Carroll University and 1968 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law J.E. where he was a member of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. On Aug. 1, 1964, he married the former Martha Gabel and she survives. Other survivors include sons: Eric (Diane) Zeitzheim of Port Clinton, and Scott (Jenny) Zeitzheim of Oak Harbor; grandchildren: Elise, Brendan, Anna, Emma, and Jack Zeitzheim; nephew Judge Tygh Tone of Sandusky, and niece Bobbi Tone of California along with several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Tone.

Admitted to practice Law in Ohio in 1968, he began his legal practice in Cleveland and also in Oak Harbor for fifteen years. Author “Refusal of Charter of a Non- Profit Corporation” 15 No. 1 Cleveland-Marshall Law Review January 1966. Editorial Board Member of Cleveland-Marshall Law Review 1966 – 1968. President of the Ottawa County Bar Association in 1970. Member Council of Delegates of Ohio State Bar Association 1978–1986.
Judge David A. Zeitzheim was elected to Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Ottawa County Probate- Juvenile Division beginning February 9, 1985 and re- elected to terms commencing February 9, 1991 until January of 2003. Judge with Court of Equity Diocese of Toledo 1981–1991. Member of Ohio State Probate- Juvenile Judges Association, Trustee 1991–1997.
Member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, where he served as past School Council member, Past member of St. Boniface Catholic Church Council and Finance Committee, Knights of Columbus 4th degree since 1971, Past President of Benton- Carroll- Salem Board of Education, First Oak Harbor Chairman for United Way, Director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce 1972 – 73, President Oak Harbor Rotary Club 1972-73, Chairman of St. Boniface Endowment Fund 2000, Chairman of Opening Ceremonies of the Ottawa County Sesquicentennial Year 1990. He also had memberships in Colonial Club, Port Clinton Yacht Club, and Put-In-Bay Crews Nest.
Judge Zeitzheim was the recipient of Northwest Ordinance and United States Constitution Bi-Centennial Award Liberty through Law in 1987 and the Juvenile Court received a National Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for its Tutoring Program in 1991. Other achievements include Recipient of Port Clinton City Schools Flagship Award for contributions to the district in 2000, and Partner in Education Award from Erie Huron Ottawa Education Service Center in 2000.
In his retirement, Judge Zeitzheim sat as visiting Judge in Lucas, Sandusky, Erie, Huron and Ottawa Counties. He enjoyed playing tennis, boating and racquetball. As active in the community as Judge was, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8pm and again Wednesday from 2- 4:30 & 6-8pm at the Neidecker- LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton St., Port Clinton. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10am Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father John C. Missler and Father Albert B. Ceranowski Celebrants. Burial will be in Salem Township Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor. Memorial Contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, Immaculate Conception Church or School, or St. Boniface Catholic Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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