Alfred Henry Zoller
March 15, 1933 – May 2, 2021
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.“ (Galatians 2:20)
Alfred Henry Zoller, 88, of Lincoln, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, May 2, 2021, with his family by his side. Besides being a wonderful husband and father, Al devoted his life to following and serving Jesus Christ.
Al was born on March 15, 1933, in Dover, New Jersey, to Alfred Heinrich and Phyllis Erna (Stradtman) Zoller. Al and his beloved sister, Dottie, were raised in Newark, NJ and Leonardo, NJ. His parents’ untimely deaths in 1944 left him and his sister orphaned; however, his sister kept them together as they navigated the foster care system. Al graduated from Middletown Township High School in Leonardo, NJ in 1951. During his high school years, he attended a Jack Wyrtzen “Word of Life” crusade where his life was forever changed. He loved to tell the story of a man putting his hand on his shoulder and offering to walk forward with him to the front of the auditorium where Al then gave his life to Christ.
After high school, Al served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He met his dear wife, Herta (Hertie) Fischer, there, and they were married on January 6, 1955, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Following his military service, he and Hertie moved to Richmond, VA where he completed his college degree and began working for J. C. Penney.
When Christ called Al and his growing family into full-time Christian service, the song “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go, Dear Lord” led him and Hertie to Lincoln, Nebraska to work at Back to the Bible. He spent 31 wonderful years there, from 1965-1996, which included working in the shipping, literature, and promotion departments, culminating in becoming one of the Directors. Al was also a longtime member of Country Bible Church, serving as an elder for many years. He also served at the People’s City Mission and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Jail. At the Mission, he led Saturday evening services, as well as serving on the board, first as Treasurer and then as President. When Alzheimer’s began to rob Al of his memory, it was a privilege to hear him pray out loud with unhindered words, filled with Scripture, and without hesitation. It was his native tongue.
Survivors of the immediate family include his beloved wife of 66 years, Herta (Fischer) Zoller; daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Bob Brueggen of Castle Pines, Colorado; daughter and son-in-law Helen and Martin Jones of Niles, Michigan; son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Anne Zoller of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Clay Buell of Lincoln; daughter Amy Zoller of Lincoln; and his sister, Dorothy Green, of Chillicothe, Ohio. Also left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren (and counting!), as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant son, Alfred Carl Zoller.
Celebration of Al’s life is on Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Bible Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. A private interment will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln.
Memorials may be given to Country Bible Church in Bennett, Nebraska or People’s City Mission in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
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I am sorry to hear of Al’s passing. You both were so kind to me. I wanted to pass along my sympathies and for you to know that I think the world of the both of you!
I have known Al for 30 years. No greater words could be said of him than that he loved the Lord Jesus, his wife and his family. His children and the grandchildren I have met have been a spiritual blessing to me. John 11:25 records the words of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even after dying.” Al is more alive than ever.
Dean and I want to send our prayers and condolences as you say goodbye to your beloved husband, father & grandfather. So many wonderful memories of a wonderful man of the Lord, and now he is with his Lord and Savior. We hope you’ll find strength and comfort in the days, weeks and months to come.
What a wonderful home going it must have been as your Husband & Father entered his Eternal Home! So sorry for your loss but praising the Lord for our Hope of Eternity together! We Rest in Him! Praying for peace & comfort for all of you! ❤️Kathy Magee
One of the finest men we ever knew, our prayer is that the comfort only Jesus can give will be felt by Herta, her children, grandchildren and the whole family. Al’s demeanor over the years reflected a heart that beat with our Lord’s heart and his character was as pure as Heaven’s street of gold. He was one of God’s quiet champions.
Hertie and family,
The Finke family has fond memories of our “neighbors to the east”. Always caring! Always loving on us as if we were part of the family! We rejoice that dear Al is in his forever home with the Lord! Please know that you all are in our prayers!
We are so very sorry for your loss and pray for you as you grieve, yet we also rejoice with you in his homegoing.
I’ve known Al & Hertie since our family moved to Nebraska and started attending Country Bible Church and then worked at Back to the Bible. He and Hertie so kindly reached out to me and my husband and then our son Jeff and his wife Renee and our grandchildren, having all of us over to their home for supper a couple of times. Each time holds special memories in my mind and heart. I can sincerely say I’ve never known a more Godly, devoted man. And I cherish the memories sharing time with he and Hertie when then shared stories of their history, when they met, their experiences in Germany, and raising their children. Our loss is truly heaven’s gain.
Dear Hertie & family,
Al’s was a life well lived and dedicated to his Lord and Savior. What a wonderful legacy of faith and family he has left us with. We are praying for you and your family during this time of parting with Al and pray for God’s peace and comfort. We can be in awe of what Al is experiencing in heaven right now. God be with you all.
Grace & peace,
Doug & Audrey