Frank Zitzow (1932 - 2015)

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Frank Zitzow, 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Eagle River, Alaska, on Sept. 15, 2015. He was born on Oct. 17, 1932, in Jersey City, N.J., and came to Alaska in 1974, where he resided in Adak from 1974-1978, and Eagle River from 1978 until his passing. Frank graduated from Kearney High School in New Jersey in June 1950 and began his Military service in January 1951, which took him to Adak, Alaska; Washington D.C.; Kami Seya, Japan; San Miguel, Philippines; Winter Harbor, Maine; Sidi Yahia, Morocco and Edzell, Scotland. He also lived in the northwest; Virginia; Finegayan, Guam; Adak and Anchorage, Alaska. Frank also worked on the North Slope and was also self-employed. In 1967, while in Montrose, Scotland, he became a Mason; and Shriners in Agana, Guam, in 1971. Frank's family said, "Frank was proud to serve his country for 30 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as Command Master Chief. He met his wife, Joyce, in Washington D.C., where they were both stationed at the Naval Security Station. They were married there on May 8, 1954, in the Navy Chapel and were married for 61 years at of the time of his death. Frank was a cryptologist, a whiz at math and loved the challenge of crossword puzzles and cryptograms. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent many hours restoring cars of all makes and models. Frank was a devoted husband and friend, a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His family will cherish their memories of him, continue to share stories of him through the coming years and mourn his loss every day." Frank also enjoyed traveling to countries and states where he was stationed and learning other cultures, making friends wherever he went. Frank is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughters, Karen (Joseph) Tabios of Alaska, Linda (Donald) Briggs of Wisconsin, and Diana Zitzow of Alaska; his sister, Barbara McBride of Florida; and eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A public visitation is scheduled for Sept. 25, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Janssen's Eagle River Funeral Home, 16421 Brooks Loop Rd. in Eagle River, followed by the burial at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Providence Alaska Foundation, Transitional Care Center, P.O. Box 196604, Anchorage, AK 99519. Arrangements are with Janssen's Eagle River Funeral Home.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 19, 2015
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