Alfred Zelent, 96 of Gurnee and formerly of Deerfield, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL.
He was born on March 6, 1923 to the late August J. and Caroline (Cizick) Zelent in Chicago, IL. On Sept. 4, 1945 he married the love of his life, Evelyn Barrett in San Diego, CA. She preceded him in death on December 28, 2016 after 71 years of marriage. He was proud to have served the U.S. Navy during WWII and a survivor of the U.S.S. Princeton sinking. Over the years Alfred enjoyed many things, but his greatest love was spending time with his family.
Alfred is survived by his children; Joan (James) Stevenson, Jill Dunbar, Dr. Randall (Cathy Ordemann) Zelent; son-in-law, Karl (Shirley) Raasch; 15 grandchildren, Melissa (Brett) Morely, Vanessa (Bill) Raasch, Major Eric (Jennie) Raasch, Ashley (Michael) McDowell, Alexis (Scott) Brackney, Aynsley Stevenson, Megan (Matthew) O'Brien, Brittany (Darin) Schulman, Caroline (Nick) Grunenwald, Anna Zelent, Alex (Pat) Alexander, Elise Ordemann, Peter (Carrie) Johnson, Adam (Amy) Johnson and Suzanne Johnson; 16 great grandchildren, Skyler and Tayler Morely, Brynnlee and Teagan Raasch, Jackson and Colt McDowell, Gabriella and Hailey Schulman, Ethan and Audrey O'Brien, Ella Grunenwald, Miles, Madelyn, Abigale, Aleece Johnson and Joseph Brackney; his sisters; Phyllis (Ronald) Reszel and Alice Korecky, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a beloved daughter, Jerrie Raasch, son-in-law, Jon Dunbar, his brother Edward (Lois) Zelent, 4 brothers-in-law; Raymond Korecky, Russell, Robert and Donald Barrett.
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25519 Rte. 134, Ingleside, IL. Funeral services are Monday, July 8, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. at the Church. Rev. Dan Shutters will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Al's name can be made to Deerfield High School re: Jerrie Lee Zelent Memorial fund, located at 1959 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015 or Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 25519 Rte. 134, Ingleside, IL.
Entombment will be at Warren Cemetery.
Warren Funeral Home is assisting the family.