August George Zella


August George Zella, 86, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. He was born Feb. 19, 1934 in Gonzales County to Louis and Anastasia Petras Zella. Gus married Judy Bundick on May 28, 1960 in Gonzales,

Gus grew up near the Hamon Community where he and his nine siblings picked cotton and hunted to put meat on their table. Gus loved to play dominoes and even at a very young age he was considered a master of the game. He personally saw that each one of his grandchildren had their own set of dominoes.

Early on Gus worked at Continental Produce for the DuBose family. He loved working for the family and learned a great deal. Gus had a tremendous work ethic, a trait he shared with his family, and it was not long before he bought his own poultry houses and raised broilers for Holly Farms and Tyson. He raised cattle and enjoyed a sense of peace just sitting out back and just watching them graze and the end of the day.

Gus was a wonderful cook and often showed his love in preparing large meals for his family. His fried chicken was legendary for being delicious. Gus had a tremendous love for family, and he cherished every moment he had with them.

August George Zella is survived by his adoring family: daughter: Diane McCaskill; son: Bryan Zella; brothers and sisters-in-laws: Raymond and Leona Zella, Carl and Delores Zella, Robert Zella, and Kenneth Zella, all of Gonzales; grandchildren: Jeffrey McCaskill, Amy Gibson, Kyndel DuBose, Presleigh Zella, Zoii Zella; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters: Elsie Spitzenberger, Mildred Roeber, Mary Soefka; and brothers: Adolph Zella and Melvin Zella.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with Mr. Bruce Baker officiating. Interment will follow in Hermann Sons Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Brad Zella, Raymie Zella, Jeffrey McCaskill, Brian Gibson, Justin DuBose, and Josh Bustos. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Family and friends may leave their condolences by visiting

Due to current CDC, State and local mandates, protective measures regarding social distancing, limited attendance capacity, and use of personal protective masks will be required for the visitation, church service and graveside burial rite. Those remotely symptomatic of COVID-19 are politely asked not to attend. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.