Jack Carl Lt. Col. Zorka

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Lt. Col. Jack Carl Zorka, 98, U.S. Air Force retired, died Aug. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.
Jack was born Oct. 27, 1915, to Lukas and Xenia (Galutz) Zorka in Lyndora. He was raised in the St. Andrew (Russian) Orthodox Church Parish in Lyndora.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Artillery in 1936 and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. He was discharged as a sergeant a year later.
After the Pearl Harbor attack occurred, Jack enlisted in the Army again. He obtained a commission in 1942 in the Army Air Corps and served during World War II, the Korean War, and part of the Vietnam War era.
He graduated with a business administration degree from George Washington University.
After his retirement as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 1967, he worked in the county auditor's office in Wayne County, Mich., until his retirement in 1980.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom (Dianne) Zorka of Fishers, Ind., and Tim (Kathryn) of Dearborn, Mich.; two granddaughters Shawna (Matt) Burmeister and Lindsey (Ryan) Edwards; one great-granddaughter, Sophie Edwards, and two nephews, Jack (Dee) Nemceff of Yucaipa, Calif., and Frank Nemceff of Los Angeles, Calif. He also is survived by numerous cousins from the Kobrin and Brest areas in Belarus.
Additionally, Jack is survived by his wife's nephews, Richard (friend Jerry Wheat) Bolton, Dennis (Linda) Bolton, Gary (Paula) Bolton and Jeff (Maureen) Bolton; his dear friend and companion, Doris Mae Bassett; plus many fine friends from San Antonio and elsewhere.
Jack was predeceased by his wife, Jane (Stetzer); his brothers, Nikolas, Wallace and John; and his sister, Anna Nemceff.
Jack was an advocate for medical and drug research during his lifetime and donated his brain to the University of Texas - San Antonio for continuing research projects.
ZORKA - Lt. Col. Jack Carl Zorka, who died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, was buried Aug. 7 in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.
Donations may be made to Air Force Enlisted Widows at www.afenlistedwidows.org or any .


Published in Butler Eagle on Aug. 16, 2014
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