Zeck, Howard 6/28/1928 - 1/7/2022 Richmond, Virginia Howard Ray Zeck, 93, Richmond, VA Survived by: His wife, Dorothy. Their children: Teresa Marentette (Tom-deceased) of Westland, Michigan, Monica Radakovich (Leo) of Richmond, VA, Cecilia Walker (Dale) of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Daniel Zeck (Lisa) of Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived a sister, Doris Kosley of Marco Island, Florida. A funeral service will be planned for spring at St Francis Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. Howard Ray Zeck, Born 06/28/1928, End of Watch 01/07/2022. Howard Ray was born on the family farm near Conde, South Dakota a few minutes before his identical twin brother Harold Roy Zeck. The twins were born to Milo R. And M. Hazel Zeck. Unfortunately, Harold succumbs to pneumonia at seven months of age. Howard left the farm at age 17 to enlist in the army. He was deployed to Korea as part of the force designated to liberate Korea from Japanese rule as an artillery man. As a result he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Korean Liberation Medal. He returned home and married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Elizabeth Klapperich, on May 1, 1948 to begin a 73 year marriage. Howard and Dorothy moved to Michigan in 1950, where he soon became an Ann Arbor police officer. He served in the patrol/traffic division in the ranks of patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and ultimately major. He retired in 1978 as the third ranking command officer of the police department. After he retired, he moved to the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department to become the manager of their fleet of automobiles, a position he held for 10 years. Howard was actively involved in his community. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, he achieved the rank of Grand Knight, and also served as District Deputy for a number of years. This enabled him to enjoy the annual conference at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island for many years. He also worked on Saturdays for University of Michigan football games. He ran a sideline crew for 65 years. He also was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, where he still has treasured friends and priests. At age 89, Howard and Dorothy moved to Richmond, Virginia to live out their final years in an independent living setting. It was in his home where he peacefully passed away at the age of 93. Nie Funeral Home, Ann Arbor
Published by Ann Arbor News from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2022.