Douglas Yates Zonker

March 18, 1943 - January 28, 2022

03/18/1943 - 01/28/2022

Douglas Yates Zonker, 78, of Bellaire, OH died Friday January 28, 2022 at his home.

He was born March 18, 1943 in Bellaire, OH, a son of the late Chester and Betty (Helms) Zonker.

Doug was a US Navy Veteran and a Christian by faith. He retired as a General Contractor for Colgate. He loved to be outside, mother nature was his best friend. He enjoyed grilling chicken on his outdoor BBQ. The greatest years of his life were spent on the USS William D. Law for four years. Doug was an avid animal lover, and will be happy to be reunited with his dog, Jamal

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his lifetime companion of forty years, Cheryl Columbo in 2015, a brother, Terry Zonker, nephew Mark Zonker and beloved dog, Jamal.

Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Kathy Zonker Wright, Cheryl’s children that he was like a father to; Dana Columbo of Nashville, TN, Dan Columbo of Bellaire, OH, and Kelly (Kevin)Columbo Johnson of St. Clairsville, two step grandchildren; Gilly Johnson of St. Clairsville and “Little” Kevin Johnson also of St. Clairsville., as well as three nephews; Terry Zonker, Ricky Zonker, and Gregory Wright II, three nieces; Heather Wright Murphy and Alexandra Wright, as well as a great-niece, Cleo and great-nephew Lincoln

Per Douglas’ wishes, there will be no services. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes – 441 37th Street Bellaire,OH.

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Dana Marie Columbo
7 months ago

When I was 5 years old, Doug married our mother Sherry and willingly faced the challenge of becoming a stepfather to her 3 children. He was a loving, caring, protective stepdad to 3 kids who needed him more than they knew.

Immediately after my mother and Doug were married, Mom began redecorating the house on Brooks’ Run and Doug jumped right into her shenanigans. My mother was in total bliss. They began with our bedrooms and made their way downstairs. They planted flowers galore in the front of the house and down both sides of the driveway. I remember Doug watering the flowers after dark & neatly putting away the hose. It seemed like he cut grass every day and to this day, whenever I’m woken by the sound of a lawn mower, memories take me back home to Brooks’ Run.

Everywhere Doug went, he took me along. Sometimes he’d set me on his lap and let me drive his big Dodge truck – and gosh those were famous moments. He must’ve taken me to Murphy’s 50 times to buy a hamster or a gold fish. As soon as one died, he’d get me another one.

I clearly remember when he taught me how to tell time before anyone in my class. He helped me with my homework and taught me how to add and subtract. Every day we sat down for dinner as a family then each night he carried me upstairs to bed. I loved that. On snow days, he released his inner-child and take us sled riding for hours. He’d tie a big rubber tube to the back of his truck and pull us kids all over the Giffin farm. Those days will never be forgotten. Oh such historic crazy fun!

I never met anyone more organized than Doug. His tidiness left a lasting impression on my life, no doubt. Everything he touched was clean and neatly in order. I clearly remember sitting on the bed, looking at his hats & shoes and how the structure and organization appealed to me. I asked Doug why his things were so organized and he explained his service in the Navy and how he was responsible for keeping his living area clean & orderly. It made perfect sense and I tried to become the same way too.

If I had to choose a stepdad for my childhood, I’d pick Doug every time. He made me feel safe and secure when I was a child and there’s nothing he wouldn’t have done for us kids. My mother would say the same as she depended on him during the most vulnerable times of her life. I’m grateful she brought Doug into our family. He was a gift and I’ll carry him in my heart forever.

Rest in peace sweet man. You were an outstanding stepdad.

Bob Powell
7 months ago

Kathy sorry for the passing of your brother. God bless you and your family.

Sandy Tarbet Marling
7 months ago

I knew Doug for many years…school and thru the family. He was always funny and happy. My condolences to Kathy and the entire family. RIP

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
7 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Douglas Yates Zonker, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Douglas Yates Zonker, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Jenny Lynn
7 months ago

Moms last memory of her cousin Doug was seeing him at Gullas years and years ago.