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William "Lee" Zeiler

Died: Thu., Aug. 13, 2015


Celebration of Life

4:00 PM Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Location: Stevensville High School Gym


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FLORENCE – Gone but not forgotten, forever in our hearts. A son, husband and father. A coach, mentor and friend. A brother, uncle and grandpa, who gave his all, right to the end. William "Lee" Zeiler never knew a stranger, no matter where he went. He was loyal and loving, no matter the circumstance, always helping others, even when it meant less for him. He had a heart for people, especially kids. He used his love for basketball to teach innumerable athletes not just the game, but to teach invaluable life lessons. His relationships with each athlete was always lifelong and meaningful. He filled countless gyms with his booming voice, contagious laughter and passion for the game. He never missed a game, from t-ball to varsity basketball; he was there for it all. Most of all, he dearly loved his family; Uncle PeeWee doted on his nieces and nephews. He spent many nights with his wife, son, daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and of course, Dog, laughing and watching Discovery Channel. Those were the times he loved the most. On his job sites, he pushed hard to get what he could from his crew but never expected them to do anything that he was not willing to do himself. Lee was highly respected for his concrete craftsmanship across Western Montana. PeeWee not only knew how to work hard, but to play hard. The whitetail are safer now that "Lethal Leroy" has moved onto better hunting grounds, and the fish in the creeks are swimming at ease. He was born in Hamilton on May 29, 1962, to William and Elizabeth Marie Zeiler. He departed this life to be with his Father in heaven on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. To cherish his memory, he leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Mary Zeiler; his parents, William and Elizabeth Marie Zeiler; his son Derek Zeiler; his daughter Grace Johnson; his son-in-law Jonathan Johnson; his precious granddaughter Mia "little princess" Johnson; his two brothers, Alan Zeiler (Amanda Zeiler) and Duane Zeiler (Tara Zeiler) and his two sisters, Ann Johnson (CJ Johnson) and Beth Zeiler. He also precedes in death 17 nieces and nephews; one great-nephew; five aunts; three uncles; three brothers-in-law; a mother-in-law and abundant friends. We will all miss Coach PeeWee greatly. Lee always loved a packed gym, so let's fill it up for him one more time. Please join us in a celebration of Lee's life at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, in the Stevensville High School Gymnasium with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the Lee Zeiler Memorial Basketball Fund has been set up at Farmers State Bank to help coaches and athletes in the valley carry on PeeWee’s love of the game. Donations can be dropped off at any FSB location or mailed to: FSB Attn: Lee Zeiler Memorial Basketball Fund, 5501 Old Hwy 93, Florence, MT 59833.

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The Harding Family
   Posted Tue August 18, 2015
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Diane Heath
   Posted Tue August 18, 2015
Dear Mary,Derek,Grace and Zeiler family-so sorry to hear of the passing of Lee. He was a force in this world-truly an authentic man! Truly will be missed. With love, Diane

Don Murphy
   Posted Tue August 18, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Being on the chain gang with Lee at the Stevi football games over the past several years was a lot of fun, especially how we would pick apart the referees and the coaches.

John Bell
   Posted Wed August 19, 2015
Mary, Grace and Derek, I greatly enjoyed meeting and talking to Lee over the years while Jeremy and Derek played various sports at Florence before Jeremy transferred. It was obvious that his family was his number one love and concern despite his love and passion for BBall. Mary, it was always heartwarming to see spouses who loved and respected each other so strongly, even after nearly 30 years of marriage. It was also cool how you both were so passionate about basketball. Grace, your Dad was extremely proud of you. The last time I saw him he would not shut up about his granddaughter; and it was the first out of hundreds of conversations that weren't dominated by talk about his kids or basketball. I remember him telling me when you were a Senior how even though you made great grades, you were always helping your friends with their homework. Derek, first I appreciate your kindness to me over the years; and I have loved the many talks we have enjoyed at various BBall games since you graduated. I know your Dad is proud of the young man you've become. Along with your intelligence, compassion and work ethic, I am sure Lee is smiling big at your coaching and mentoring endeavors with valley youth. I think that like Jeremy, your best friend is your Dad. Lee and I are very fortunate in that regard. I guarantee you will still see that bright smile reflected in every sunny afternoon in the Bitterroot. Hell, with that booming voice, you will probably still hear him yelling you praise from heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Thiemo Illmer
   Posted Wed August 19, 2015
Whoever you hold in the heart of you is forever and always part of you.
My condolences to the whole Zeiler family.

Preston Ricci
   Posted Thu August 20, 2015
Dear Mary and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss.

With all our love and prayers,

Preston and Deree Ricci

Terry Vanderpan
   Posted Fri August 21, 2015
Mary and family,

I just saw this and am so saddened that your husband, father and my friend is gone.
Lee was so active,healthy, and full of life, never standing still and always involved with something. He was a leader, teacher of life, and a great coach.

I remember hunting trips, car rides basketball games, workshops, and many conversations with him. He was an amazing person, liked by all who met and got to know him. He will be missed. My condolences to all of the Zeilers.

Terry Vanderpan



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