Van Zetrouer

Van Leroy Zetrouer

Monday, May 2nd, 1927 - Thursday, February 4th, 2021
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Van Leroy Zetrouer, 93, of Palatka, passed from this life on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center following an extended illness. A native and lifelong resident of Palatka, Leroy left high school and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his time in the Navy, Leroy completed his studies and graduated from Mellon High School in 1947. He worked as a machinist at Hudson Pulp and Paper Company (GP) retiring following 42 years of service. Following his work at Hudson, he became the owner and operator of BZ Machine Shop. Leroy was a member of Palatka Masonic Lodge #34 and the York Rite Body and was a volunteer with the American Red Cross. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Palatka. Leroy was involved in the Putnam County Genealogical Society and was part of a group who identified and mapped over 100 cemeteries located throughout Putnam County. Leroy was likewise a loyal blood donor for many years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Lou Thomas Zetrouer and second wife, Ernestine Waggoner Zetrouer, his parents, Selma Evelyn Conway-Zetrouer-Higginbotham and John Robert Zetrouer, his siblings, Harry Zetrouer, Raiford Zetrouer and Brenard Zetrouer.
Leroy is survived by his children, Mary Z. Corbett ( Burnice) of Walterboro, SC, Rebecca Z. Harkey (Vernon) of Palatka and Gary L. Zetrouer (Melinda) of Jacksonville, grandchildren, Burnice Corbett (Keri) of Walterboro, SC, Rebecca Palazzo (Mike) of Charleston, SC, Allison Williams (John) of Reisterstown, MD, Bethany Henderson (Seth) of Avon Park, FL and Jacob Zetrouer of Jacksonville, FL, great-grandchildren, Perry Corbett, Caroline and Della Williams and Fletcher Henderson, a sister, Wynonah Bliss of St. Augustine and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services celebrating Leroy’s life will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Palatka with Dr. Vernon Harkey and Pastor Ron Smith officiating. Masonic Rites and military services will also be conducted by their respective organizations. Inurnment will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday at the church from 1:00 P.M. until the time of services at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to First Baptist Church, building fund, 501 Oak Street, Palatka, FL 32177 or to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Leroy’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Palatka
    501 Oak Street
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Palatka
    501 Oak Street
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Vernon Harkey
    Pastor Ron Smith


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Tammy Delaporte

Posted at 10:39am
Rebecca, I have not seen you in years, but I wanted to send my deepest sympathy. It is not easy when our parents die, even though we know this is a part of God's plan for each of us. May He give you His peace and grace in your sorrow. Sincerely, Tammy Leary Delaporte

Connie M. Eilbeck

Posted at 03:39pm
Dear Mary Ellen, Rebecca, Gary, Tim and family,
The Motes kids, Connie, Terry and Vicki, have wonderful memories of the many days we spent playing at the Zetrouer home. Our condolences on the loss of your wonderful Daddy. Martha Lou sang at our parents’, Shirley and Carlos Motes, wedding. Sug said she had a beautiful voice. Leroy Virginia and Ernestine were their lifelong friends and we so appreciated the visits Leroy paid Carlos and Sug as they got older to talk over news of the kids and old times. Sug always cooked Leroy corn beef and cabbage when he came and visited him often at Vintage care. She also sends her condolences. Thanks to Gary and Melissa for keeping her updated on your Dad. He was a kind, thoughtful man. Best regards, Connie Motes Eilbeck.


Posted at 09:19am
Uncle Gary and Family,

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the Zetrouer family during this time. We pray for your comfort and peace from Virginia, and wish we could be there in person to convey our condolences.

Jeramy, Natasha, and Family

Randy Fales

Posted at 10:29am
So sorry for your loss. My father (Joe Fales) worked with your dad, as a machinist at the mill for many years. Considered him a very good friend and always spoke very highly of your dad. A true member of the greatest generation and they all are sorely missed. God Bless.
Randy Fales

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