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“I didn't get to know him that well but the time that I was honored to share with Dave,Jeff ,Candy and those two beautiful children was priceless.He...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Terri Steinmetz - Bozeman, MT

“Our condolences to you all for the loss of your husband, father, son, & brother. You're in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. ...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Diane Will (Zabel) - St. Peter, MN

“Candy and Family: I wasn't able to make it to the wake and funeral, but wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you. Many prayers for your...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: lynn kosloske - Apple Valley, MN

“Candy, Although it has been years, my heart sank when I read the news of Jeff's passing. I so remember the bond you two shared and his dedication...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Vangie - Mankato

“Candy - our thots and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. We hope the love of those around you will bring you peace...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Paul & Doris Oakland - Fairmont, MN

“During my friendship with Candy I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time with Jeff. He was always supportive of Candy and her relationships...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Krista Dirkes - Avon, MN - Friend

“We send our condolences at this difficult time. Jeff was a wonderful person who lit our offices during his visits. He will be missed. Sincerely,...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Dr. & Mrs. Keir Townsend - MN

“Our deepest sympathy to Candy, Nicholas, & Brittany, and to all of Jeff's family and friends. We were friends of Jeff through the EAA Mankato...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Doug Reichel & Cindy Hoffrogge - MN

“Zabel family Jeff was honest. You could trust him. And he was a Patriot. He will be missed. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: C. Andrew Johnson - Mankato, MN

“Candy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Words just don't come easy at a time like this. But know that you are loved. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Paula Nagel McGowan and family - SD

“Jeff was a very special man. I didn't know him real well. Met him a few times and could truly tell that he cared for his family. Everytime I go by...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Judy Jensen - Freeborn, MN

“Candy and Family, My heart just sank when I saw the obituary in the paper. I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep you close in my...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Barb Ideker - Mankato, MN

“Candy, Brittany, and Nick, Our condolences to you all for the loss of your husband and father. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Scott, Roxy and Lexi Tolzmann - MN

“Candy, Brittany, and Nicholas, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband and father. May the love of those around you help...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Mickey and Nancy Surdy - MN

“Our deepest sympathies to Candy and Family on your loss. Jeff was a great guy and will truely be missed by all. We hope you find peace in this time...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Jason Malmgren - Madelia, MN

“Candy, Brittany, and Nick - You are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your husband and father. We have enjoyed and continue...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Tim Plath - Courtland, MN

“I have know Jeff all my life. We were schoolmates, neighbors, and friends. The many, many times he flew over our place, we would run outside and he...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Sarah Beenken - Minnesota Lake, MN

“Candy and Family, As the building official from the city of Fairmont I want to express our condolences. Jeff will be missed by many in Fairmont. His...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Patrick Parsley - Fairmont, MN

“Jeff was just a good Engineer who said he could help me get a project drawn up and running through all the hoops it needs to. After about 15 minutes...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Merle Boesch - Fairmont, MN

“My deepest sympathies to the Zabel family. He will be sorely missed. I met Jeff on a beautiful summer day. He was flying to the east of the Mankato...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Michael S. Beckman - Enterprise, AL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Candy, Brittany and Nick. We were blessed to know Jeff and will always remember his kindness with much love. ...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Dan and Kathy Danielson - Mesa, AZ


Jeffrey Dean Zabel, age 44, of Mankato, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, in an airplane crash. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 11:00 AM, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 105 Hosanna Drive, Mankato, with Rev. Dennis Heiden officiating. Visitation time will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Jeff was born June 7, 1968, in Mankato, the son of Dean and Rachel (Schoenrock) Zabel. He was raised and educated in Minnesota Lake where he was a 1986 graduate of Minnesota Lake High School. He attended Gustavas Adolphus College and later South Dakota State University where he played football while earning his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was married to Candy K. Hanson on April 27, 1990 in Brookings, SD. The couple moved to Mankato in 1993 where Jeff worked as an engineer prior to starting Construction Engineering Services in 2003, the business he owned and operated to the present. Jeff loved all aspects of aviation since he was a child. He earned his pilot's license in 1986 and had over 700 hours of flight time. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Mankato Chapter 642 and had recently earned his instrument rating. Jeff also enjoyed sports and scuba diving having just earned his PADI Advance Open Water Diver Certification. The only thing he loved more than aviation was his family. He enjoyed time with Candy, playing guitar with Nicholas and watching sporting events and school functions with Brittany. He was a devoted family man who truly loved spending time with all of his family. Jeff is survived by his wife, Candy Zabel of Mankato, his daughter, Brittany Zabel of Mankato, his son, Nicholas Zabel of Mankato, his brother, David Zabel of Jordan, his mother, Rachel Zabel of Minnesota Lake, mother-in-law, Maggie (Kenny) Nagel of Blue Earth, his father in law, Charles Hanson of Apache Junction, AZ, his brother in law, Charles (Deb) Hanson of Blue Earth, his sisters in law: Tanya (Tom) Nagel Hince of Delavan & Mindy Nagel of Blue Earth and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Dean Zabel.

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