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Danny H. Zanders

Thursday, April 26, 2018
1:00 PM
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Danny Harold Zanders, 89 of Omaha, Nebraska formerly of Malvern, Iowa entered into rest on April 21, 2018 at his home in Omaha. Danny was born on August 8, 1928 in Malvern, Iowa to Frank Leroy and Lillian Lucille (Dunn) Zanders.  He was raised in Malvern and graduated from Malvern High School. Danny was drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees Baseball Club, and played for the Fond du Lac Wisconsin Panthers in the Yankee farm system. His playing time was interrupted when he was drafted into the Korean War. Upon his return, he married Genelle Marie Stevens on May 31, 1953. He then went on to earn his teaching degree from Wayne State College earning a double major in Biology and Industrial Arts, and a Master’s Degree in Education From The University of Nebraska Omaha.  He earned the Nebraska Science Teacher of the Year in 1970.

Danny and Genelle had two sons, Kent and Kurt. They moved from Malvern to Omaha in 1992 where Danny taught Biology and Earth Science at Omaha South High School continuing a 33 year career in education. He was a lifetime member of the Nebraska Education Association.  He remained a member of the Malvern United Methodist Church.

Danny was a talented woodcarver and many of his carvings were of waterfowl, geese, ducks and pheasants displaying his love of nature and animals. He loved his teaching career and even years after retirement former students would recognize him around Omaha and compliment him on his teaching abilities. He was a devoted family man, friend and educator and will be deeply missed.

Preceding Danny in passing were his parents, brothers, Doug Zanders and Donner Zanders.  Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Genelle Zanders; sons, Kent (Jean) Zanders; Kurt Zanders; grandsons, James and Joseph all of Omaha, Nebraska; sister, Dixie (Raburn) Benton of Malvern, Iowa; brother, Dee (Joan) Zanders of Shenandoah, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.

Interment: Malvern Cemetery, Malvern, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to Malvern United Methodist Church, Malvern, Iowa.

8 Condolences

  • Dale & Katherine LaCombe Posted April 24, 2018 10:37 am

    Prayers for your family.

  • Howard & LeAnn (Crouch) Peterson Posted April 25, 2018 7:49 am

    The world has lost a special gentlemen. Our condolences to the Zanders family.

    • Kent Posted April 25, 2018 11:23 am

      Your family was a special part of our lives, both with Kurt and myself with Susan. We wish your family the best and thank you for the kind recognition. Kent, Jean, James and Joseph.

  • Jan Eyer Posted April 25, 2018 3:48 pm

    Kent and family,
    I wish I could have met your father, all I know is he raised a heck of a son, so he had to be a wonderful man to be around! I know he will be missed, but by the sounds of his full life, he will never be forgotten. Please accept my prayers for life eternal and memories of your dad to comfort you all forever! Thinking of you all during this time of grief.

  • Karen (Frederickson) Latimer Posted April 26, 2018 7:12 am

    Genelle, Kurt, Kent and family, Was sorry to hear of the loss of Dan. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  • Cindy (Adams) and Joe Van Ackeren Posted April 26, 2018 8:06 am

    I have many fond memories growing up in Malvern and spending time with Dan and Genelle. Danny was a special man. Our condolences to all of your family.

  • Sue Rosenblatt Posted April 26, 2018 3:07 pm

    Your Family has a very special place in my Heart.
    My deepest sympathy to you all.

  • Rebecca Werner Howard Posted April 29, 2018 8:53 am

    Me Zander’s, was the kindest & most patience teacher, that I had for 2 yrs, while attending South High School. Prayers to the family. He will be remembered & missed.

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