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Dwaine D. Zahorik
Dwaine D. Zahorik, 73, Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Dec.18 at his home.
Born Feb. 6, 1940, in Two Rivers, son of the late George and Dora (Le Fleur) Zahorik, he grew up and attended school there. The family relocated to Amberg where they lived on the family farm. He served in the United States Army and later the National Guard, retiring in 2000. He married Dianna Schabel Dec. 7, 1963 in Iron Mountain and the couple then resided in Two Rivers. He worked for Hamilton Manufacturing Company there for many years. In 1973, the couple moved to Aurora where he worked as a truck driver for Grede Foundry and later Rock Transfer, retiring in 2008. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A volunteer for the Aurora Fire Department, he played Santa Claus and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed growing roses, cutting firewood, camping and could always be found making people laugh. His family was important to him and he was proud of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Dianna; a son, Scott (Margo Wisniewski) Zahorik, Aurora; two daughters, Carlene Zahorik, Homestead and Kristina (Thomas) Williams, Florence; two brothers, Alex (Rose) Zahorik and Robert (Sandy) Zahorik, both of Crivitz; three sisters, Nadine Chandler, Washington State, Yvonne (Dennis) McDonald, Two Rivers and Kay (Dennis) Elfstrom, Amberg; a son-in-law, Lyle (Barb) Merrill, Channing, Mi.; a brother-in-law, Oscar Stuart, Washington State; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carrie Merrill; three brothers, George, Richard and William Zahorik; two sisters, Marlene Drossart and Barbara Stuart and a granddaughter, Zoey.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain from 9 a.m. with American Legion Uren-Cooper Johnson Post No. 50 performing Military Services at 10:45 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Anderson officiating.