Harold C. Zapf, 91, of Midland, formerly of Saginaw, passed away March 30, 2013, in Midland. He was born to Carl and Anna (Getschne) Zapf on Jan. 22, 1922, in Saginaw. He graduated from Saginaw High School in 1939.
Harold served in the U.S. Army
from November 1942 to February 1946 during World War II
. He was a combat infantryman in the European Theater of Operations in the 9th Army. He was a member of Company C, 407th Infantry, 102nd Division, and served under Generals Simpson, Montgomery and Patton. He fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany and was in the Battle of the Ruhr and the Battle of the Bulge. During his service, Harold received two Bronze Stars
along with other medals and commendations.
He attended Ferris State College and graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1950. Harold had a long career as a pharmacist, including at the Richter-Zapf Pharmacy in Saginaw.
Harold was an avid reader and loved learning. His hobbies included aviation, photography and music. On June 9, 1956, he married Patricia McColgan at St. Andrew's Church in Saginaw, and she preceded him in death.
Harold is survived by two sisters, Martha Shefsky and Dorothy Orr. His sister, Alma Ahrens preceded him in death. He is also survived by three children, Michaele Bartlett (Dr. Michael Bartlett) of Midland, Mark H. Zapf (Judith) of Carol Stream, Ill., and Matthew A. C. Zapf (Christy) of Winnetka, Ill.; ten grandchildren, Matthew, Brian, Deirdre, Patricia, Patricia, Caitlin, Seamus, Moira, Terrence, and Patrick; brother-in-law, James M. McColgan of Granc Blanc; sisters-in-law, Joanne Hanlon and Mary Wasserman of Saginaw; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Midland, with The Rev.Daniel Kempin officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Midland City Cemetery. Military honors will be under the auspices of the U.S. Army and the Midland County Veterans.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. John's Lutheran Church or the Disabled American Veterans. Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com