In loving memory of

Jeffrey Zanders
March 18, 1959 - February 8, 2023

Jeff Zanders, 63 of Malvern, IA, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at his home. Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at the Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center at the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Malvern is caring for Jeff and his family.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to the family

Jeffrey Marselus Zanders, 63 of Malvern, IA, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at his home.

Jeff was born on March 18, 1959 in Council Bluffs, IA, the youngest of two sons of William Carleton and Marjorie Claire (Steele) Zanders. He grew up in Malvern and graduated from the Malvern Community High School in 1977. Jeff started helping his dad farm when he was 16 years old and continued farming throughout his life. He was very proud of his Iowa Century Farm.

Jeff and Martha Lorraine Wyant were united in marriage on April 7, 1979 in Tabor, IA. They made their home in the Malvern area and were blessed with three children, Terra, Jamie, and Dillon.

Jeff was an avid golfer who also enjoyed bowling and playing poker. He loved working on and fixing up old cars. Jeff entered his restored 1969 Chevelle SS car in the World of Wheels car shows held in Omaha, winning several trophies. He loved watching NASCAR and was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. Jeff loved golfing at the Fairview Hills Golf Course in Malvern and participating in the golf tournaments. He won the Zanders Memorial traveling trophy several times. Most of all Jeff loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Claire Zanders; parents-in-law, Robert and Barbara Wyant; and brother-in-law Roger Wyant.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lorraine Zanders of Malvern; children, Terra Madison and husband Corey of Malvern, Jamie Kanngieser and husband Nick of Glenwood, IA, and Dillon Zanders and wife Michelle of Malvern; grandchildren, Wyatt, Adalynn, and Ashtyn Madison, and Jacie and Jada Kanngieser; brother Larry Zanders and wife Janet of Malvern; sister-in-law, Janaan Wright and husband Alan of Glenwood; several nieces and nephews; his aunt Marlene Zanders of Indianola, IA; other relatives; and a host of many friends.


David Pollock wrote on Feb 14, 2023:

"Although we only got together once a year I feel like I?ve lost a brother going to miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine and the family."

Kent Hertz wrote on Feb 13, 2023:

"So sorry to hear about this. Jeff was always such a great guy. "

Jane Harmon wrote on Feb 12, 2023:

"My deepest condolences to you, Lorraine and to the rest of your family. You?re in my thoughts and prayers. Jane Harrison Harmon"

Robin Merritt wrote on Feb 12, 2023:

"Wow... I am so sorry to hear... Jeff was always so kind and special to me. Thinking of you all and sending hugs and prayers.. Robin"

Mitzi wrote on Feb 11, 2023:

"My heart prays to all of Jeff?s family? big hugs to you all? let the smiles of memories carry you through these tough days. "

Jen Mitchell wrote on Feb 11, 2023:

"Jeff will be greatly missed!! What a great friend he was, if you needed help and he had something to offer he would give no questions asked! The world is now less a great man !!!"

Cheri Powell wrote on Feb 11, 2023:

"So so sorry. Jeff had a kindness to him. Hope he is up in heaven playing golf."

Brandon Babbitt wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"My sincerest condolences to Lorraine and all of Jeff's family. He was a great man and a friend to many! God bless you all during this time of grief! "

Jon & Paula Reeves wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"We are so sorry for your loss. Jeff was a wonderful person and will be missed . Sending prayers and hugs to you Lorraine and your family love Jon & Paula Reeves"

Gretchen and Ivan Jopp wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"We have no words. We will miss you, plain and simple. You will leave a chasm in our hearts."

Linda Dean wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"My condolences to Lorraine and the rest of the Zander family. Jeff will be missed by all that knew him "

Traci Ashburn wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"Sending prayers to the family.! "

Jordan Smith wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"I loved Squid like a second dad. I remember hiding his chew to try and get him to stop. But one of my fondest memories of him was coming home from youth group on Wednesday nights, running out to the garage, sitting on his lap as a little girl and playing his poker hand. He always called me ?his lucky charm?. RIP. "

Aaron Aistrope wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"It was an absolute privilege to call Jeff my friend. He was always such a pleasure to hang out with while golfing in Malvern. He will be missed by all. My family and I want to give our heartfelt sympathy to Lorrraine and his children. We lost a great man."

Colleen Gipe wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"Oh so sorry, Lorraine and family ?? Sending prayers and hugs?"

LaVerne and Pam Obrecht wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"My sincere sympathy to all of the family of Jeff Zander?s. I enjoyed knowing him for many years. Pam Obrecht"

Dave Mickelson wrote on Feb 10, 2023:

"The world has lost one of it's greatest. Jeff (Squid) was Malvern's icon. Our thought's and prayers go to his family and everyone who knew Squid. He left behind so many great memories and what an outstanding role model should be. He will be greatly missed beyond imagination. The Mickelson Family"