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John H. Zelm

Dec 20, 1937 - Sep 27, 2021


John H. Zelm, age 83, of Sheboygan, died on Monday, September 27, 2021, at St. Nicholas Hospital. He was born in Plymouth on December 20, 1937, the son of the late Harry and Irene Braatz Zelm.
He went to local schools in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School. John then attended UW-Stevens Point and studied forest management. On November 23, 1957, he was united in marriage to Mary B. Barry at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
John was a general contractor and the owner of Zelm Construction for 30 years, retiring in 2006. In his younger years he was an Eagle Scout. John was a member of the Elks Lodge in Sheboygan and a past president of The Sheboygan County Builders Association. He was an avid outdoorsman and liked to go camping, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing. John also participated in many snowmobile charity rides for Multiple Sclerosis. He was a Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fan. Following his retirement John enjoyed spending time at his home in Boulder Junction, WI.
Survivors include his wife, Mary “Bonnie” Zelm, of Sheboygan; three children, Debbie (John) Beeck, of Texas, Dave (Mary) Zelm and Dan (Sandy) Zelm, both of Sheboygan; seven grandchildren, Amanda and Abbey Beeck, Kimberly (Justin) Holtsclaw, Kayla (Conner) White, Katelyn Zelm, Paula (Tom) Molosky and Jenna Zelm; two great-grandchildren, Abraham and Jude Molosky. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents.
In accordance with the family’s wishes a private service will be held and a burial will take place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in the Town of Wilson.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to the staff at the Sheboygan Senior Community for the compassion and care that was given to John. Memorials in John’s name may be directed to Campus Life of Sheboygan, 6426 S. Business Drive Sheboygan, WI 53081.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at



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Don and Bev Schroeder

We just want to express our sympathy to Dave and entire family. Our neighbor, Kate, just informed us of your father's passing. We went to many tour of homes homes. Blessings to the whole family at this difficult time.

Patty Harms

So sorry to hear that John passed. I will always remember building puzzles with him at SSC. He was sweet. Will be thinking of your family. I had heard that Bonnie had been in the hospital as well. I didn't know her name was Mary and not Bonnie.

Lyle E. Watson

Bonnie, Dave , Dan, Debra, It is with deep sadness on reading on the passing of John as long time friend. Over the many years that we camp together and John with his sons building our home in Black River are just some of the fond memories that I have with your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with at this sad time in your lives. Lyle E. Watson Sun City Center, FL

Tyler Schaefer

John Zelm: A Master builder & more importantly… a devoted father to Debbie, David & Dan, a loving husband to Bonnie… & a child of God. My prayers for, and my heartfelt condolences to the entire family in the loss of your father & husband. The back porch at the Zelm house was the Home base for our neighborhood kids game of "flashlight tag" at night. The Zelms always welcomed everyone in their yard & it was a blessing to be associated with them. Even though us "kids" are all older now... nothing is ever quite the same again in this lifetime after one's folks pass. I pray for peace & comfort upon your hearts; the kind that only the Lord can provide. I offer my prayers amidst your grief. James Barrie wrote, “God gave us memories so that we can have roses in December.” It is now time to gather your roses – to remember and reflect upon how great of a father/husband that you were divinely blessed with in this lifetime. Your precious memories are yours’ forever. Every story, every image, every cherished moment is safe within you, for all of time.

Mary LeRoy

Bonnie, So very sorry to read of John's passing. May he rest in peace and may you and your family find peace in the wonderful memories that you can share I remember our days as neighbors and fellow ICers!!! God Bless You All!