WILLIAM R. ATZHORN VALPARAISO, IN
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William R. Atzhorn "Pete", age 82 of Valparaiso, passed away Monday, June 7, 2010. William was married on October 22, 1950 to Olga Diachuk, his loving wife of 59 years, who survives along with his children: Bobbie Atzhorn of Chesterton, USAF Ret. Col. David (Teri) Atzhorn of FL, and Diane (James) Jansen of Crown Point; seven grandchildren: Jessica (Devin) Keeler, Jacqueline Squires, Jennifer (Jacob) Rodriguez, Jamie and Matthew Jansen, Andrew and Aileen Atzhorn; many nieces and nephews; former son-in-law, Donald Squires; three brothers: Ray (Rosemary) Atzhorn of Indianapolis, Ed (Joan) Atzhorn of Hammond, and Ralph (Mary Ann) Atzhorn of Zionsville, IN. Preceded in death by parents: Ruth and Christian Atzhorn; sisters: Dorothy June and Ruth Atzhorn; and granddaughter, Kristine Atzhorn . Bill was born March 25, 1928 in Gary, IN to the late Christian and Ruth Atzhorn. He attended St. Mark's Catholic grade school and was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School and Indiana University Northwest Campus. He volunteered to join the U.S. Army, and was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY. He was a retiree of Budd Co. with 32 years of service. Bill was a financial secretary-treasurer of Budd Local 1122 for 14 years. He taught fifth grade at Iddings School and was a clerk with the Merrillville Police Dept. for seven years. Bill was an avid reader, golfer and poker player, and also enjoyed fishing with his father and coaching Little League at Junedale. Bill was a caring husband, a proud, disciplining father of three and a wonderful "Poppi" and grandpa of seven who he enjoyed camping with. Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville on Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Prayer service 3:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 11, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. from Pruzin Brothers Chapel and 10:00 a.m. from SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5885 Harrison St., Merrillville with Rev. Roy Beeching officiating. At rest St. Mary Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Gary. Memorials preferred to SS. Peter & Paul, Merrillville or St. Mary, Kouts. Family and friends may share an online condolence or memory at: www.pruzinfuneralservice.com
Published in The Times from June 9 to June 10, 2010