Zinky, Franklin Arthur
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78, of Litchfield Park passed away on February 19, 2013. Frank was born on March 17, 1934 in Milwaukee, WI. He attended Washington High School where he was on the track team and placed first at the Milwaukee Cross Country Race his senior year. Upon graduation, Frank enlisted into the United States Air Force for three years during the Korean War. After his service in the Air Force, Frank joined the Air Force Reserve and received his commission of Second Lieutenant in July 1960. While attending University of Illinois, Urbana, he earned his Bachelor's degree, learned to fly, and ultimately, taught flying. Flying became a much enjoyed hobby throughout Frank's life. Frank went on to earn his Master's degree from Illinois State, Bloomington. Throughout his early life, Frank held down a variety of interesting jobs starting as a paperboy at a young age, bartender, taxi cab driver, fighting forest fires in the mountains of Montana, and flying for TWA out of Chicago O'Hare. In 1963, he married Margaret Miquelon who was doing graduate work at the University of Illinois. After teaching high school for four years in the Chicago suburbs, where their son Allan was born, the family moved downstate where their daughter Marlene was born. Frank, Margaret and their two children moved to Arizona in 1972 where he continued his educational career teaching in the Phoenix Union High School District as a drafting and auto shop teacher at East, Trevor Browne, Central, and Camelback High Schools. Upon his retirement, Frank and Margaret moved to Litchfield Park so he could be closer to his airplane and hangar at Goodyear Airport. Flying was a passion of Frank's. He loved to take family, friends, and even virtual strangers for a trip in his Cessna. One of his greatest accomplishments was flying solo up the Alcan Highway and to the Arctic Circle. He was well-known and respected by his fellow pilots and often lent them help on their planes. Frank leaves behind his loving wife of 49 years, Margaret, son Allan (Vanessa) Zinky, daughter Marlene Capristo, sister Grace Schaefer, many nieces and nephews, friends, and his beloved dog, Willie. No services are scheduled. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Arizona Humane Society.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 26, 2013