The Kenneth W. Zellers Family has been recognized as distinguished Lake Alumni by election to the Lake Wall of Fame for 2008. The Zellers family has contributed to Lake Local Schools as well as the Hartville community as a whole, fulfilling the requirements for induction by supporting or accomplishing education or professional excellence, political leadership, athletic endeavors and humanitarian and community contributions.
To select qualifying alumni, Lake Superintendent, Jeff Wendorf, met with a selection committee comprised of Lake residents. The committee carefully reviewed each of the nominees and is proud to announce the Zellers family as recipients of this prestigious award. The induction ceremony took place on Wednesday, June 25th during the Board of Education meeting.
Patriarch K.W. Zellers who was born in 1906, graduated from Lake High School in 1923. Born and raised in Marlboro Township, he was active in state and community organizations including the Hartville Growers Association, the Ohio Vegetable Growers Association, the Cleveland Farmers Club, the Hartville Evangelical and Reformed Church, the Masons, the Hartville Lion’s Club and the Hartville Village Council. Mr. Zellers passed away in 1980.
The Zellers family includes sons Richard, Darryl and Kenneth, daughter Myrna Zellers Angell, daughter-in-law Peggy Zellers and grandchildren Richard, David, Charles, Timothy, Jeffrey, Kathy Zellers Neff and Sharon Zellers Fritts, all of whom graduated from Lake Local Schools.
Ken and Peggy are active, as was his father, in community causes, including the Chapel in Marlboro, the YMCA, the Stark County Library and Meals on Wheels. They were instrumental in organizing the Migrant Center Library and continue involvement with K.W. Zellers & Son, a seasonal grower-packer-shipper of Arrow brand fresh salad vegetables located in Hartville, with Ken currently serving as treasurer. Son Jeffrey Zellers is Chairman and President of the company as well as a director for Nationwide Insurance and Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company boards. He is also a former trustee and first vice-president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and a representative for the American Farm Bureau Federation. He currently serves on the board for the Stark County YMCA.
The family has been instrumental in philanthropic causes by giving through the Hartville Community Trust, Lake Center Christian School, the Lake YMCA, The Chapel in Marlboro, The Ohio State University and The Stark Foundation.