Zairnik, Walter P.
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Ziarnik Walter P. Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired) passed away Oct. 18, 2012. He was the son of Helen and Walter Ziarnik Sr. of Two Rivers.
Graduating from Washington High with Class of 1941, he served as a B-25 bomber pilot (Instructor) during World War II. . He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, class of '48 and accepted a direct commission in the U.S. Navy. After additional flight training in Pensacola, he was designated Naval Aviator in 1950. He served in the Armed forces through three wars aboard five air craft carriers, including over 200 arrested landings (day and night) aboard USS Lepington.
In the Navy Flight training Command, Commander Ziarnik was selected to serve as pilot for Vice Admiral Doyle. Shore duty included key positions on two major flag staffs (Operations area). He left the Navy in Sept. '74 with a disability retirement in the rank of Commander after serving 30 years in Air Force and Navel Aviation. He is survived by his loving wife, Fran; his children; Carolyn Ziarnik, Sandra Schellinger, Robin Schlicht, Kim Ziarnik, Paul Ziarnik and Tommy Wilson; his brother, Joseph Ziarnik. He was preceded in death by his sister Salome Sinhler; his mother and father.
Burial with Military Honors was held at Brevard Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 320 Spring St., Cocoa, Florida 32927.
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Nov. 7, 2012