John Zollars Jr.

Obituary of John Gerald Zollars Jr.

John Gerald Zollars Jr. passed away of pancreatic cancer on February 20, 2024, in Centralia, Washington.  He was born November 22, 1951, to John G. Zollars Sr. and Norma C. Megiveron Snider in Olympia, Washington.  A recent resident of Centralia, John lived on South Bank Road in Elma, Washington, on the “Flying Z Ranch) for 23 years.


He graduated from Knapp College of Business in 1989, Bates Technical College in 1992, and South Puget Sound Community College in 1998.  Professionally, he worked for Thurston County Central Services (1993-2016), 2nd Car Co. (1989-1991), and Olympia Forest Products (1983-1986).


John married Cheryl L. (Butler) Callahan on November 27, 1999, in Rochester, Washington.


John will be remembered as being a “Good Man,” fun, honest, friendly, and hard working.  He could “fix” anything! He loved his family, both close and extended. He also loved classic cars, car shows, his 1948 Dodge, deer hunting, and spending time in the woods.  He was a committed member of AA for 33 years.


John is survived by his wife, Cheryl L. Zollars of Centralia; son, Cody M. Vollan, U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia; stepson, Shawn M. Callahan of Colfax, California; daughters, Jessica Smith of Wimberly, Texas, and Michelle Larson of Tumwater, Washington; stepdaughter, Katie Callahan of Rochester, Washington; five grandchildren; brothers, William Zollars of Banning, California, and Lenard Schrader of Brinnon, Washington; and sisters, Sally Pettis of Bullhead City, Arizona, and Sarah Springer of Snohomish, Washington.  His parents predeceased him.


Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society by clicking HERE.


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