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Abner "Zack" Zachry III '58 January 24, 2019 12:39 PM updated: January 24, 2019 12:42 PM

Published in The (Grand Junction CO) Daily Sentinel on Jan. 20, 2019

Abner Zachry
Abner Zachry
May 5, 1932 - January 11, 2019
Abner Shelton Zachry, III passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11, 2019, in Denver, CO at the age of 86.
He was born to Abner and Ethelbert (Herring) Zachry on May 5, 1932, in Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in Texas and New Mexico, graduating from Carlsbad High School in 1950. He served in the Army and later received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University.
On August 4, 1956, Ab married the love of his life, Nellie Lee Jefferies, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. They were married for 57 years.
Ab loved trying new things - tennis, golf, photography, gardening, music, and computers to name just a few. His children were inspired by his lifelong love of learning. As a devoted public school teacher, he passed this love on to his students in Brenham, TX; Crane, TX; Kermit, TX, and Grand Junction, CO.
Ab was preceded in death by his beloved Nellie. He is survived by son, Karl Scott Zachry and wife, Lael (Wiseman) of Denver, CO; daughter, Karen Louise Gardner and husband, Wayne of San Antonio, TX; eight grandsons, five great-grandchildren, and his brother, "Pete" Zachry.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Denver Hospice at

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