John T. Zeitler, 51

John T. Zeitler, 51, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Maryland, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2018. He was born Sept. 2, 1967, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Tom Zeitler and to Theresa Neville Zeitler, who survives him.

In 1988, he married Teresa Jones, and together they raised two sons. Zeitler was an accomplished man who worked in construction and trucking and was a master of all trades, including welding. Despite battling chronic pain from a serious construction accident more than 20 years ago, when he fell seven stories, Zeitler went on to drive trucks. He loved fishing and adored his sons and grandkids.

Zeitler was a family man. His CB handle was “Jabberjaws,” reflecting his gift of gab and skill at telling stories. He was a true friend, an open book and very talkative. He never held back or stabbed you in the back; you got it straight on if he thought you needed it! He was a barbecue expert, especially in the proper way to cook a steak.

Zeitler is survived by his wife, Teresa; two sons, Brandon Zeitler and his wife, Samantha, of Millsboro and Eric Zeitler and his wife, Jessica, of Indian Head, Md.; his sister, Marcie Lenick and her husband, Dan, of Millsboro; his brother, Gerard Zeitler and his wife, Jennifer, of La Plata, Md.; and four grandchildren, Emma, Joshua, Paisley and Hazel Zeitler.

A time of visitation, viewing and fellowship was to be held on Dec. 30, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at