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RICHARD J. ZORC Dedicated Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Role Model and Friend to many. Born January 5, 1935 in Waukegan, Illinois to Frank and Leona Zorc. He attended Mother of God Catholic School under the keen eye of Sister Gregory whom he kept in contact with and visited with until her passing. His family moved to Roseland, helping his Father build a home on the Sebastian River in 1947. Moving to Vero in 1955. Richard met his future bride Arlyne Williams at the local skating rink. He built their first home prior to their marriage February 9, 1957 at St. Helens Church. Richard would often say to his family, " Put God first, your family second, and everything else will fall into place in your life". That's how he lived his life every day. Richard and Arlyne were married for 56 years and for those who may have seen them out at one of their favorite places he was always in a great mood and happy to see you. He was a great motivator to others, with encouraging words. Richard loved to be with his family. His children were frequently there to visit or fish on the dock with their children and grandchildren, or on the river boating. The grandkids' face always lit up when they saw their "Papa". He always attended their school activities, ball games, church plays, helping sell tickets to fundraisers. A favorite of all the grandkids was fishing on Grandpa's dock. Richard loved to fish in fresh or salt water. His saying was "If you catch fish it's a bonus, it was just nice being out fishing with son Ken or Nephew Frank". He loved to travel and owned 14 motor homes. Son Tim was always looking for the next one to purchase. The family enjoyed many fun trips. Another passion was Photography. He was always taking pictures, of the family or a sunrise, a boat motoring along the intercoastal, a picture from his current location wherever that may have been, and the latest picture from a fishing trip. Recently he moved into the digital world with an iPhone, only to quickly upgrade to one with more memory for more pictures. He never owned a computer but embraced the new technology that allowed him to capture the special moments of his family and friends, and stay in close contact with the children. He was kind to those who knew him but he was kind to many who never knew who he was. Richard was a very charitable person with his time and his resources. For 15 years he volunteered along with his two sons as a driver for the Volunteer Ambulance Squad where he also served on the Board of Directors, and purchased ambulances. A past member Knights of Columbus and Elks Lodge 1774. Richard enjoyed helping and supporting many good causes like St. Helen's Harvest Festival and St. Helens Top 200, but liked to stay out of the lime light. Richard was a home builder with his sons for many years, R. Zorc & Sons Builders, Inc. which he founded. He was a Builder of many homes in Indian River County. He owned and operated many successful business ventures, in particular a furniture store "Dix on the Dixie" on 12th and Dixie. Survived by his wife Arlyne of 56 years, daughter Debbie Seeley (John), granddaughter Angel Ann Howell (Ronnie), great granddaughter Alanna. Grandson John Carter III, great granddaughter Alyssa Carter, grandson Richard Seeley. Son Ken, granddaughters Kelsey Zorc and Ashley Grall (Matt) and great grandson Declan and great granddaughter Kaelyn. Son Tim (Laura) grandsons Nicholas and Chandler and granddaughters Abby, Breanna, great granddaughter Aylah. Brother Frank L. Zorc, and many nieces and nephews. Friends visitation Friday October 18th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A Funeral Mass and Life Celebration Saturday at 10:00AM at St. Helens Catholic Church, with reception following immediately at St. Helens Hall. Friends may donate to the St. Helens Neighborhood Apostolate Program or St. Francis Manor.
Published in the TC Palm from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2013