The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

December 22, 2007

HUGO HENRY ZEITER

Hugo Henry Zeiter, 92, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.

He had been a resident of Pleasant Meadows Christian Village for 18 months, and before that, a resident of Ridge Farm for 20 years.

A celebration of his life will be held at noon Monday, Dec. 24, at Pape Memorial Home and Cremation Garden, 10 E. Williams, Danville, IL. 61832, with Pastor Kent Tibben officiating. A family gathering and visitation will be 30 minutes prior to service. Burial will be at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Hugo was born in Danville on March 9, 1915, the youngest child of John and Emma Walz Zeiter. He was a graduate of Danville High School, and he attended the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, seeing active duty in England. He returned home from the war aboard the Queen Mary, but his desire to see the world led him on many adventures throughout China and the Far East, where he eventually worked for the Civil Service in Okinawa as a superintendent for the American schools.

Upon his retirement in 1972, he returned to the United States, where he lived in Harrisburg, Pa., until his return to the Danville area in 1985. After that, he made his home with his sister Paula in Ridge Farm.

Hugo had an unusual zest for life, and he never stopped learning about the world. He was known for his love of nature, and his extensive collections of circus memorabilia. He was credited with the discovery of rare German circus wagons while in England, and these wagons are now displayed in the circus museum in Baraboo, Wis.

Hugo collected rare films, and loved showing them at every opportunity. He was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts, and was a troop leader well into his adult years, having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He admired the lifestyle of the American Indian, and read extensively about their history and philosophy. He had a huge library of books on every subject, but history, nature and Indian lore were his favorites. He was a linguist, with speaking knowledge of German, Japanese and Okinawan. He was a friend to all, and retained a keen mind throughout his life.

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