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Walter Joseph Zawacki, 91, of Bluefield, Va., died Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
He was born Nov. 24, 1922 in Ridgway.
As a child growing up during the Great Depression, Walter and his brother Alex picked berries and evergreens to help supplement the family income. Walter played football in high school and was known as â€śFreight Train.â€ť As a proud first generation Polish American he served our country during WWII aboard the aircraft repair ship The Major General Robert Olds.
Walter married Alice Prindible on Sept. 11, 1948, and they made their home in Ridgway where he worked for the Elliot Company. In 1963, the family moved to Bluefield where he worked for National Electric Coil. Walter enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, growing beautiful roses for his wife Alice, and watching football and golf on TV.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Zawacki of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, and Judy Zawacki of Bluefield, Va.; two grandsons, Andrew and Daniel, and two great-grandchildren, Walter and Alice.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; his parents, Bronislaw Zawacki (Ben) and Boleslawa Tarnacka Zawacki (Bertha); brothers Leo, Alex, and George, and his sisters Eleanor, Regina, and Jane.
Walter Joseph Zawacki requested that there be no funeral, remembrance for Walter is private.
Online condolences can be sent online to www.dudleymemorial.com
Dudley Memorial Mortuary of Bluefield, Va. is serving the Zawacki family.