Tony Zalar, 85, of Lorain, died Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain following a brief illness. He was born February 15, 1922 in Lloydell PA.
He worked four years in the coal mines before enlisting in the Army in August 1942. He began enlistment in the 506 Parachute Battalion and then transferred to Company A 334 Engineer Regiment. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf and spent two years building a 300-mile road through the desert. He finished his tour of duty in France and Germany, then returned home November 25, 1945. He had attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and received two Bronze Stars.
Mr. Zalar relocated to Lorain on February 26, 1946 to work at U.S. Steel and retired as an inspector in the pipe mill. He worked there 37 years.
Tony was an active member of Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovenian Catholic Church until his recent illness. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Union 1104, Lorain S.N.P.J. and American Fraternal Union Lodges, Senior Aging and American Legion.
He loved the outdoors and spent much time gardening, hunting, fishing and golfing.
He was the dear father of Gale Wenger and Jane Balog, both of Lorain, and Diane Taylor of Medina; brother of Arthur Vidrich of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI; grandfather to Greg, Jeff and David Balog of Lorain; and a great-grandfather to Andrew Balog of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty (nee Kragely) Zalar in 1992; and his parents, Anton and Mary (nee Swingle) Zalar.
Friends may call Sunday, September 16, 2007, 4 to 8 P.M. at the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st St., South Lorain, where Closing Prayers will be Monday, September 17, 2007 at 9:30 A.M.
The Funeral Mass will be Monday, September 17, 2007, 10 A.M. at Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovenian Catholic Church, East 31st St. and Globe Ave., South Lorain. The Rev. Father Paul Krajnik, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, where the American Legion Post 30, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 451 will conduct military honors.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.