Julius W. Zajac, 91, prominent Elyria industrialist, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at the Renaissance, Olmsted Falls. He was born in Cleveland to immigrant parents, and had resided in Bay Village for the past 50 years.
He was a 1950 graduate of Rensselaer Poly Technical Institute, Troy New York, with a mechanical engineering degree. Soon after graduation, he and his brother, Theodore, an electrical engineer, joined Zalo Manufacturing Company, Cleveland. In 1958, the two brothers started Manatrol Inc., Cleveland. In 1963, the company was moved to Elyria and merged with Perry Fay Company. In 1970, Perry Fay was sold to what is now Parker Hannifin.
They then established Vectron Inc., Westlake, which was later sold and moved to Perry Ct., Elyria. Finally in 1980, Zaytran Inc. of Schaden Rd. was established, which presently is operated by brother, Theodore, and son, Theodore, Jr.
He was past president of International Art Ware Company, Twinsburg, and was a member of Manufacturing Association of America.
Julius enjoyed playing summer golf, as a member of Elyria Country Club and winter golf, as a member of Wyndemere Country Club in Naples Florida. He enjoyed ECC’s 0B’s, was an avid reader and a life master bridge player. His routine exercise included lap swimming at the Cleveland Athletic Club.
Julius was a member of Bay United Methodist Church, Bay Village. He was a strong supporter of the YMCA, Cleveland Library System; and established a scholastic program to help employees’ children through college. As a lover of classical music, he endowed four seats at Cleveland Orchestra in memory of his parents.
Survivors include son, James of East Hampton, New York; daughter, Jean of Annapolis, Maryland; and brother, Theodore of Westlake.
He was preceded in death by wife, Jean in 1992; and brother, Edward E. Zajac in 2010.
Friends may call Friday, August 30, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville. Graveside Service will be held at 9 A.M., Saturday, August 31, 2013, at St. Mary PNC Cemetery, Parma, followed by an 11 A.M. Memorial Service at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Rd., Bay Village, with Reverend Dr. Thomas Joyce officiating.
The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’ s choice.
For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit Bognerfamilyfuneralhome.com