Ranger Richard Zack – 2C


Richard Zack (Zachwieja), 90 of Carlsbad, California was born in Hamtramak, Michigan. He was one of eight children born to Ignacy and Martha Zachwieja, who had emigrated from Poland in the early 1900s. His family moved to Warren, Michigan, where he as an industrious young boy worked on his family farm and was a newspaper boy to all the farmers in the area.

He was a hardworking, independent patriot, who proudly served his country in World War II (1940-1945) as a decorated Charlie Company Army Ranger, and he bravely fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He returned from the war to marry his wife, Betty Arelene Miles. They together, doing all the labor, built their own first home. They were married 67 years.

Richard worked for twenty five years, serving as Director of Public Works for the City of Long Beach, California. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Vista, and after his retirement he actively helped in the landscaping, and building committee.

Richards priority was his family and his grandchildren who he was always ready to help. He shared his belief in the Lord and with Love and compassion.
He will be missed by his wife, Betty; his children: Alice Zack Fairchild and Robert Zack, and his four grandchildren: Russell and Robert Fairchild, Rosanne Weedon and Rachel Fairchild, and his sister Helene Poterek of Sterling Heights, MI. He passed to heaven on April 30, 2014. He was laid to rest May 7, 2014 at Miramar National Cemetery with military honors.

Posted by his daughter,
Alice Fairchild