Richard (“Zeke”) Zabel

Richard (“Zeke”) Zabel, resident of Eldorado, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was born on Feb. 28, 1959, in Fond du Lac, a son of Alvin and Darlene (Schneider) Zabel. 

He was a loving, hard-working, witty, generous husband, father, uncle, friend, coach and mentor. Celebrating the “little things” in life was his common pursuit. From helping raise his children and grandchildren to planting trees and digging ponds, to hunting, fishing, race car driving, athletics, wood-working, coaching youth, making jokes and taking Sunday drives, Rick brought a loving-warmth to all those who knew him. 

Rick is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, of thirty-four years; three children, Brooke (Matt) of Red Bud, IL, Nathan (Kim) of Oconomowoc, WI, Jordan (Hilary) of Columbia, IL; four grandchildren Mason & Lane Cowell, Kate & Sydney Zabel & friend, Peyton Beduhn. 

Rick is further survived by his brothers, Alex (Ann), Edward (Lori), Michael, Bruce (Heidi), his sister Ellen (Robb) and several nieces and nephews. 

Rick’s celebration of life will be held at Community Church, on Friday, Dec. 19. The visitation begins at 4 p.m. with a service held at 6 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Twohig Funeral Home is serving the family with online guestbook and condolences at 

Be kind & be generous with your kindness, it costs you nothing. Be well. — Rick Zabel —