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Theodore F. Zysk, age 61, of Erie, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013 of natural causes in Sidney, NE. Ted was born on April 6, 1952, son of the late Frank and Helen Bozek Zysk.
Ted attended school in the Wattsburg district where he excelled in mathematics and science and was a veteran of the U.S. Army
. He was employed as a field engineer at Storage Tek for 27 years, and for the past 10 years he worked for Horizon Transport as a Trailer Hauler.
Ted had a love for travel and at the time of his death he had been to all of the lower 48 states. He was known for being an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing among many other things. His true passion was for competitive shooting. Over the course of three decades, Ted had amassed numerous state, regional, national and international titles in the art of long-range handgun metallic silhouette competition across the United States. He was very much involved with the NRA and IHMSA organizations. Here he showed his passion by spending years involved with promoting shooting sports whenever possible. Many years of his life were spent running shooting matches and teaching others how to shoot while respecting and understanding safety as the utmost importance. Ted spread this passion among his children whom he encouraged to always be actively involved in shooting sports which they did so throughout their younger years and some of them beyond. At the time of Ted's untimely death, he was one of the most decorated competitive shooters the country has ever seen. More importantly than this, he was one of the most respected, admired and beloved competitors due to his willingness to always put other shooters before himself and tried to make everyone else better whenever he could.
Ted is survived by two daughters, Crystal and Lisa (James); one son, Thaddeus; one brother, Tom Zysk (Pam); two sisters, Kathy Dunlevy (Terry), Terri Strobel (Kevin); six grandchildren and nieces and nephews; also loving friends, Valerie Spencer and Dave and Patsy Silva. Private interment is being held by the family. To send condolences visit, www.dusckasfuneralhome.com
Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 2, 2013