Leonard Joseph "Zeke" Zupon Sr., 83, of Old Forge, died Friday morning in the VNA Hospice Unit of Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. His wife, the former Susan Martha Chase, died June 30, 1999.
Born in Throop and raised on Hickory Street in Old Forge, son of the late John and Anna Ambrosavage Zupon, he was a 1950 graduate of Old Forge High School. In his younger years, Len was a crane operator for Pagnotti Enterprises and also worked for Empire Contracting. He served as the Old Forge Borough street commissioner from 1986 to 2009. Len also had an extensive military career, he served in the Army
, Navy, Marines and National Guard. His service spanned World War II
, the Korean War
and peacetime, having totaled 27 years and three days in its entirety. Additionally, he had spent time proudly serving in the Army and Navy Reserve and the Seabees. His military associations were plentiful and included American Legion Post 513 and VFW
Post 4954, where he was a former commander, both in Old Forge; and the Marine Corps League Northeast Detachment. Len was a parishioner of Prince of Peace Parish, St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Old Forge.
A well deserved and sincere thank you is extended to Oakwood Terrace, the nurses and staff of the hospice organizations, and Dr. Kurt Moran, who all showed such great concern for Leonard's well-being.
Surviving are three sons, Leonard Zupon and wife, Mary Jane; John Zupon and wife, Joni; and Michael Zupon and wife, Kim, all of Old Forge; two daughters, Sarah Jane Rhue and husband, Daniel, Old Forge; and Suellen Cook and husband, Tod, Lehighton; two sisters, Anna Mae Kuzara, Old Forge; and Delores Halladay, Berwick; 13 grandchildren, April Cieslak, Joy Hubshman, Amanda Brown, Susan and Jordan Cook; Nicole Betz, Cheryl and Kristen Surdy; Kaila Casella, Ian and Natalia Rhue; Mia Zupon and Len Zupon; four great-grandchildren, Nathan Cieslak, Betty and Willow Marie Brown; and Ian Betz; nieces and nephews.
The funeral with military honors will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, West Grace and Lawrence streets, Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi, pastor. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge.
Friends may call Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City, PA 18519.
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