IRON MOUNTAIN - Dwaine D. Zahorik, 73, of Aurora, Wis., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Two Rivers, Wis., son of the late George and Dora (Le Fleur) Zahorik. Dwaine grew up in Two Rivers and attended school there. He and his family moved to Amberg, Wis., where they lived on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army and later the National Guard, retiring in 2000.
He married Dianna Schabel on Dec. 7, 1963, in Iron Mountain. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
After they were married, Dwaine and Dianna lived in Two Rivers. Dwaine worked for Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in Two Rivers for many years. They moved to Aurora in 1973, where Dwaine worked as a truck driver for Grede Foundry and later Rock Transfer, retiring in 2008.
Dwaine served as a volunteer for the Aurora Fire Department, enjoyed making children laugh as he played Santa Claus and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed growing roses, cutting firewood and camping. He could always be found making people laugh. His family was very important to him and he was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of more than 50 years, Dianna; one son, Scott (Margo Wisniewski) Zahorik of Aurora; two daughters, Carlene Zahorik of Homestead, Wis. and Kristina (Thomas) Williams of Florence, Wis.; two brothers, Alex (Rose) Zahorik of Crivitz, Wis. and Robert (Sandy) Zahorik of Crivitz; three sisters, Nadine Chandler of Washington, Yvonne (Dennis) McDonald of Two Rivers and Kay (Dennis) Elfstrom of Amberg; one son-in-law, Lyle (Barb) Merrill of Channing; one brother-in-law, Oscar Stuart of Washington; six grandchildren, Seth (Dannielle Poston), Beth, Jacob, Kati, Rebecca and Gabriel; two great-grandchildren, Eris and Matthew; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Dwaine was preceded in death by one daughter, Carrie Merrill; three brothers, George, Richard and William Zahorik; two sisters, Marlene Drossart and Barbara Stuart; and one granddaughter, Zoey.
Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. American Legion Uren-Cooper-Johnson Post 50 will offer military services at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services will follow Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. David Anderson will officiate.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Dwaine, or leave a condolence for his family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Dwaine's legacy of life.