Ervin Ernest Zyzak

Jan 11, 1925 – Aug 31, 2014

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Born January 11, 1925, he passed away peacefully on August 31, 2014 at age 89. An Air Force pilot during WW II, he remained in the reserve and retired a Lt. Colonel. After the war, he graduated from the University of Indiana and obtained a Master of Aerospace Engineering Degree at the Florida Institute of Technology. He worked at Boeing on the Minuteman, Apollo, and AWACS programs until his retirement in 1987.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Kathryn Zyzak.

The family extends their sincere gratitude to the staff at St. Francis Hospital for all of their efforts. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Franciscan Foundation at (253) 428-8483 or


Jeannine Wilmes
Monroe, WA
Oct 13, 2014

Tom and Kathy,

I still find it hard to believe that your dad is no longer with us. I miss knowing he is just down the road to be able to visit but feel better believing he is back with Aunt Dorothy now and knowing that you both are still here. I often bragged to people about my smart "uncle" who worked on the Apollo program... helped me feel I fit in here. I will always be proud to have him as a great uncle and of his accomplishments and service to our country. I know Eric respects that too and really enjoyed meeting him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you still and hope your hearts are starting to mend.

Jeannine and Eric

Renee & Steve Nichols
Schaumburg, IL
Sep 12, 2014

Tom & Kathy,

Wish we could be there with you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob Kilian
Bellevue, WA
Sep 11, 2014

So long Erv. Nice knowing you.

Dave and Mary Ehlers
Federal Way, WA
Sep 11, 2014

Erv will be missed in the neighborhood. He and Dorothy were always friendly and considerate making them great neighbors.

Alex & Toots Benko
South Bend, IN
Sep 11, 2014

Sorry to hear about Uncle Erv. He and your mom were special people.

Toots and Alex

Charles Sanetra
Boca Raton, FL
Sep 10, 2014

Tom here are a few pictures with Uncle Irv when we were on vacation in Seattle back in July of 1975. I will always remember the great times we had together.

Charles Sanetra
Boca Raton, FL
Sep 10, 2014

Tom and Kathy,

I was sorry to hear your father and Uncle Irv passed on. My deepest sympathy to the both of you.

Greg & Louise Arndt
La Porte, IN
Sep 10, 2014

Tom & Kathy,

Our sympathy to you on your Dad's passing away. I was saddened to hear this news but the last few years have probably not been easy for him. The last time we verbally spoke was after Uncle Ted passed away and he was having some difficulty then. My Mom & Dad always enjoyed their visits as well as Greg & I.

Take care and thinking of both of you.


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