Claude D. Mack II, 91, of Millcreek, passed away Wednesday morning, January 23, 2013 at Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, following a brief illness. A resident of Erie most of his life, he was born in Erie on May 2, 1921, a son of the late Claude D. and Laura Rich Mack. Claude served in the United States Army during World War II, where he earned the rank of Sergeant. He served in the Enemy Intelligence Service in Burma, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. He apprenticed at Reed Manufacturing, as a machinist, and went on to work for Zurn Industries. He worked with ACF Industries in Albuquerque, N.M., for 10 years, and most recently worked as a nuclear pipe fitter at Mare Island Naval Ship Yard in Vallejo, Calif., for 19 years, before retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, the VFW Post 470, and the American Legion Post 773. He was a member of the Elks, Moose, and Zukor Clubs. He enjoyed attending St. Mary's School reunions and loved restoring cars. He enjoyed building things, having built his first house. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita M. Noyer Mack; two sons, Claude Mack III and Douglas Mack; one sister, Ruth Walczak; and one stepson, Kenneth Werth. Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Marian C. Art Werth Mack; two daughters, Sharon Eschen and Laura Martin, both of Chico, Calif.; one son, Wayne Mack and his wife Sheila of Seminary, Miss.; one stepson, James Werth of Edinboro; two stepdaughters, Marcia DeSa and her husband Richard of Jefferson, Ga. and LouAnn Mikotowicz and her husband Stan of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren; one cousin, Rosemary McCall of Erie; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will not be observed and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Catholic Church, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie, PA 16505. Funeral arrangements were made by the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, Erie, PA 16504. Please visit www.schmidtfuneralhomeerie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 27, 2013