July 4, 1936 – Feb. 3, 2019
Earl Charles Zuelke Jr. died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at his log cabin, in Helena. He was born July 4, 1936, in Helena, to the late Earl Sr. and Isabel Zuelke. Earl was a stellar student and star athlete at both Helena High School (’54) and Carroll College (’58). During the summers he spent working at the Granite Butte Lookout Tower. He was a member of the Montana National Guard from 1954-58. Earl married his hometown sweetheart, Donna Ramsay, in 1957 and started his career in finance, with the Boeing Co. taking his family to Seattle, Cheyenne, and Great Falls. He accepted a position with Lockheed Martin and relocated to Georgia, in 1966.
After raising his three boys in Atlanta, Earl’s heart and love of the outdoors brought him back to Montana. He worked for the State of Montana, and built his dream log cabin home. Earl was a brilliant mathematician, a true outdoorsman, a wicked piano player, a steady runner, and a great storyteller with an infectious laugh.
Earl was a descendant of Montana pioneers, and loved keeping and sharing the family genealogy. He considered his home a museum of Montana history with his photos, books, music, writings and art. He was a beloved son, nephew, father, uncle and friend to so many people.
Earl is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Airon Zuelke, and his sister, Annette Zuelke Hightower.
He is survived by his sons: Mark Zuelke (Katherine), of Atlanta, GA, Keith Zuelke, of West Palm Beach, FL, Jae Zuelke (Charlotte), and three grandchildren: Dustin, Jamie, and Christian Zuelke; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral liturgy will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9th at Carroll College Borromeo Hall Chapel, 1601 N. Benton Avenue, Helena. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made in Earl’s name to Carroll College. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Earl.