John D. Zeoli Sr., 85, of Daytona Beach, Fla., died April 19, 2010, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

He was a native Westporter born in Saugatuck on July 11, 1924, as were his parents, the late Dominic and Olympia (Valiante) Zeoli. He was predeceased in 1965 by his wife, Sara (Scordo) Zeoli.

Zeoli left Staples High School in his junior year and, in 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II from 1942 to 1946.

Immediately thereafter he went to work for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. and was employed there for more than 35 years, engaged on projects involved with NASA and the U.S. Defense Department. Until his retirement, he said those were the only two degrees he ever needed, but he thankfully accepted his belated Staples High School diploma years later thanks to the efforts of friend, the late Edward Keehan.

In addition to his family, Zeoli loved Compo Beach, Longshore Golf Course and reminiscing about growing up in Saugatuck.

Survivors include four sons, John Jr. (Annemarie) of Ormond Beach, Fla., Dominic (Carol) of Wellington, Fla., Michael (Cyndi) of Westport, and Thomas (Odalys) of Deland, Fla.; one daughter, Jean Marie Hinkle (Mark) of Meriden; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He also is survived by one brother, Nicholas of Brandon, Vt.; and two sisters, Helen Demi and Jeanette Spina of Deland, Fla.

He was predeceased by one brother, Eugene of Deland, Fla.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at Assumption Church in Westport at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 17; burial will follow at Greens Farms Cemetery, Westport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Volushia/Flagler 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.