George Roman Zanck Sr., 86, of Bozeman, formerly of Lake Villa, Ill., and North Port, Fla., surrendered his life to the arms of Our Lord Jesus on June 14, 2008. He is reunited in Heaven with his beloved wife, Mary, of 63 years.
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He is survived by two sons, George of Bozeman, and Ralph (and Joan) of Gilbert, Ariz., and one daughter, Kathleen Erickson (and Clarence) of Round Lake, Ill.; nine grandchildren: Dawn (Zanck) Long, Jenifer (Zanck) Carr, Brian Erickson, Nicole (Erickson) Warrington, Danielle (Erickson) Mann, Amie (Zanck) Hay, Dustin Zanck, Joseph Zanck, and Laura Mary Zanck; and nine great-grandchildren: Dalton, Savannah and August Carr, Garrett Long, Brady and Mia Mann, Gabriella and Maximillian Zanck, and Austin Hay. He is also survived by seven siblings.
George was the fourth of eight children born to Viola and Bernard Zanck.
He devoted his life to being a supportive father and loving husband to his wife, Mary. George developed a successful American Family Insurance agency in Lake Villa, Ill., and was always very helpful to new developing agents.
George proudly served his country during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievements and the Purple Heart for wounds received as a result of enemy action in Germany.
He was a member of VFW Post 4308 in Lake Villa, Ill., and a member of St. Maximillian Cobe Church in North Port, Fla. George cherished the time he spent with family and many friends. He loved fishing, hunting, golfing and entertaining his grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the Florida beaches.
In February, George moved to Montana to be with family and enjoy all the mountain country activities. He greatly enjoyed spending time with the wonderful people at the Bozeman Senior Center. We will remember his great laugh, as he laughed a lot and truly loved life, taking every advantage to enjoy it to the fullest. He will be forever loved and missed.
A Mass and memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, at Holy Rosary Church in Bozeman, followed by military recognition at the Bozeman Veteran Memorial.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 18, 2008