Nelson Zollman

March 7, 2014

Zollman, Nelson Obituary

Nelson Zollman died on Friday, March 7, 2014 at home.  He was born on February 23, 1925 in Bentonville, Virginia to Carl Cunningham Zollman and Pearl Myers Zollman.  He married Mildred Lentz on November 7, 1947 and they enjoyed 66 years of happy marriage.  

 

Nelson attended Warren County High School before entering the U.S. Army during the height of WWII.  He served with the Corps of Engineers from May 1943 to February 1946.  He participated in the Asian Pacific Theater and was involved in the liberation of the Philippines and the occupation of Japan before being honorably discharged.  He received numerous medals including the American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars, Philippines Liberation Medal with 1 bronze service star, a Good Conduct medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Nelson was also eligible for the Purple Heart but refused it.

 

He worked with his father in the family owned Bentonville Mill before and after his military duties.  He drove a school bus for Warren County for many years.  He pursued a career in watchmaking and was self-trained.  Heworked for Wall’s Jewelers and McDaniel’s Jewelers in Front Royal before finally realizing his dream of setting up his own watch repair shop in his home and worked there until his retirement. He created and made by hand a number of clocks during this time, including a Master Clock which operated other clocks called slave clocks.  The Master Clock operated an old fashioned dinner bell that was located on the roof of an outside building and rang every hour.  The neighbors enjoyed hearing it mark the time when they were outside.  

 

Nelson was a member of the Horological Association of Virginia (Watchmakers Guild) and was treasurer of the local chapter for many years.  

 

He was a founding member of the South Warren Volunteer Fire Department in Bentonville and had 43 years of perfect attendance with that organization.  He was the first vice president and was the treasurer for 33 years.  

 

He was a member of the Bentonville Methodist Church and later the Limeton Methodist Church.  He attended the Bentonville Baptist Church for over 30 years.

 

Nelson is survived by his wife and two daughters, Anita Mills (Gene) of Winchester, Virginia and NancyEwankov (Bob) of Stephens City, Virginia.  He is also survived by two grandchildren, Brian Mills and Bethany Mills of Winchester, Virginia.  

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Dorothy Z. Valdes.  

 

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m. at the Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Bentonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be Gene Mills, Brian Mills, Dennis Plaugher, Charles Ingles, Kenneth Thurston and Walter Judd.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class of the Bentonville Baptist Church, as well as Charles Judd, Bruce Lentz, Charles Props and Al Eldridge.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are welcomed to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street in Winchester, VA  22601; South Warren Volunteer Fire Department, 3330 Stonewall Jackson Hwy., Bentonville, VA  22610Bentonville Baptist Church, c/o Linda Fuller, Treas., 1479 Bentonville Rd., Bentonville, VA  22610 or Limeton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 170, Bentonville, VA  22610.




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March 11, 2014
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Maddox Funeral Home

105 W. Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
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March 11, 2014
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Maddox Funeral Home

105 W. Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
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March 11, 2014

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Bentonville Baptist Church Cemetery

Bentonville, VA
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