OBITUARY

Richard D. Zakalata

December 18, 1946February 6, 2019

ZAKALATA, Richard D., age 72, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Mr. Zakalata was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 18, 1946 to Raymond R. & Genevieve M. (nee Mysliwiec) Zakalata. He was a proud U.S. Marine serving from 1964 to 1968. He spent his career as a Supervisor in the Automotive Parts Supply industry. He began as an apprentice at Milford Fabricating and later worked for Modern Prototype. He was a sportsman enjoying golf, bowling (including rolling a 300 game!), playing baseball for his Knights of Columbus Msgr. Hunt Council #3312 team, and hockey. He loved following his hometown team, the Detroit Red Wings. In his retirement, Richard’s goal was to take the time to relax and watch TV with his wife Maureen. In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his daughters, Denise, Deborah and Deena (John) McCormick; sister, Christine; brothers, Ronald (Sheri), and Gregory. Richard is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Gerald. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at Noon on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Memorials in memory of Richard may be made to: American Cancer Society - 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48076 www.cancer.org Please share a memory with the family at his online guest book.

Services

23 February

A gathering of Family and Friends

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W. Six Mile Road
Livonia, Michigan 48152

23 February

Memorial Service

12:00 pm

Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W. Six Mile Road
Livonia, Michigan 48152

REMEMBERING

Richard D. Zakalata

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Paul & Marcy Kopacz

February 18, 2019

Maureen we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Zak. It has been a long time but we did have some good times together. Bowling in a mixed league together. Zak and I were golf partners for many years with the Msgr. Hunt golf league. Also playing softball together with the KofC team. And Zak helping us move from Wayne to Clinton he was such a big help.
Since we moved to Georgia we did not keep in touch too often,I thought about him when I do come up but there never seems like there was enough time. But I do remember coming up to Michigan and I did see Zak bowl his 300 game, He was really happy and excited for that game.
Please know that we are thinking of you and the rest of your family at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Paul & Marcy Kopacz

Denis Carmody

February 17, 2019

Zak , was like a big brother back in the day , he referred to me as " little Irish " he truly was a gentle giant. He will be greatly missed, but NEVER forgotten. My prayers go out to Mo and kids .Best memory was when he threw his 300 game we were both lead off bowlers and when he threw the final strike I was the 1st to hug& shake his hand !
R.I.P. ZAK
Denis Carmody..aka "Little Irish"

Ron Grzelak

February 17, 2019

I first met Zak in 1979. The man was a gentle giant. He Loved Mo, his family, & his friends. He even Loved his pet's. We made so many good memories, from KofC softball, Trips Up North, League Bowling & many other events. Zak was a big part of putting a Team together that won the KofC State Championship in 1983. He took great pride in that. He wasn't afraid to imbibe in an adult beverage now and then. We Will miss you Zak. God Bless Mo❤
SEMPER FI
Love Gus and Kathy

Raymond Ricer

February 17, 2019

I have known Rich since1951 he will forever be in my heart and be greatly missed.

JOHN MAZUR

February 16, 2019

Wow, such a great friend with many, many, memories...from our softball, bowling and golf days to our Red Wing and concert gatherings.
You will be greatly missed brother.
R.I.P my friend...Love you!

Mike Carmody

February 16, 2019

I've known Zak since I was a teenager he was a friendly giant. He always greeted me with a smile and a hug. If you where lucky enough to have Zak in your life then you had a true friend in every sence of the word. We will miss you my brother, and thank you Mo for sharing him with us. God Bless you Zak we love you and will miss you. Mike Carmody

Jim Zarembo

February 12, 2019

I first met Zak in 1971 when I tried out for the K of C softball team. He was the first guy to introduce himself to me. We remained friends for the next 48 years. He was a 1 of a kind. Great sense of humor and loved doing dumb things. He will be missed by a lot of people. Rest in Peace big fella!
Jim Zarembo

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