AMerican Veteran 13

Ronald William Zielke

September 8, 1933 ~ August 25, 2021 (age 87)


Ronald William Zielke, of Cave City, KY, who was born September 8, 1933, went home to glory on August 25, 2021.

Ronald Zielke was a loving son, husband, father, and Christian brother.  He served in the US Air Force in the Korean War.  He was a long-time member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bowling Green, KY, where he served in different capacities over the years.

Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine L. Zielke; his parents, William and Martha Zielke; his sisters, Joanne Henson (Bill), and Shirley Holland (Jim); and brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.  Ron is survived by his son, Steven William Zielke, daughter, Sheryl Morris (Jim), granddaughter, Jill Goodwin (Aaron), and two great grandchildren, Isaac and Kathryn Goodwin.

Ron was a builder/contractor by trade and owned his own businesses; Zielke Construction and Wood-Z-Business.  Through the years he thoroughly enjoyed flying and one of his biggest accomplishments in life was building an experimental aircraft.  He was recently awarded “The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award” by the FAA.

The family has entrusted Cone Funeral Home (1510 Campbell Lane) with arrangements. Services will be conducted on Friday, September 3, 2021, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 553 Ashmoor Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the Memorial Service to begin at 12 p.m.  An interment service will follow at 1 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery, 1209 Fairview Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42103.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School and/or Hospice of Southern Kentucky, 5872 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104.

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September 3, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (KY)

Memorial Service
September 3, 2021

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (KY)

September 3, 2021

1:00 PM
Fairview Cemetery
1209 Fairview Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42103

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