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Anton “Tony” Zacek

Anton “Tony” Zacek, 78, of Solon, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at First Presbyterian Church near Ely, with Reverend Dr. Julie Schuett presiding. Full military rites will be conducted following services at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. A full obituary will be available for Tony at www.broshchapel.com.
Anton was born Aug. 6, 1938, in Cedar Rapids, the son of John A. and Lorraine (Wickham) Zacek. He attended Van Buren grade school and was a graduate of Wilson High School’s Class of 1956. He attended the University of Iowa. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on Oct. 22, 1956, following basic training. He also earned an honorable discharge from the United States Army on Sept. 30, 1964. Tony was united in marriage to Karen A. Koss on Nov. 9, 1957, at First Presbyterian Church near Ely.
Tony was employed by Sramek’s Jack and Jill on J Street SW during his high school years and beyond. Following military service he worked briefly at Paul Jones Dental Lab. For two years, he was employed by Occidental Life Insurance Company. At this point, he had the opportunity to become a partner in Nelson’s Meats where he spent more than 25 years, followed by short periods working for JC Penney and Younkers in sales until his retirement. He was a lifelong wrestling fan, having wrestled in high school finishing with an outstanding record. He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and followed wrestling, football and basketball. He enjoyed traveling. Early in their marriage he and Karen enjoyed square dancing. When his family was young, he enjoyed boating and snow skiing. Tony loved the Lord and his church family at First Presbyterian Church near Ely where he served three terms on Session. Tony faithfully serviced 18 years on the Solon School Board where his children attended school. He also faithfully served many years as chairman of the Coralville Lake Manor Improvement Association (our local residential area).
Anton is survived by his wife, Karen Zacek; son, Matt (Dawn) Zacek of Swisher; daughter, Amy (Jeff) Chance of Atlanta, Georgia; two grandchildren Hailey Ann and Hannah Elizabeth Zacek; a sister Alice (Don) Heggedahl of Hayfield, Minnesota; nieces Anne, Lynne, Cindy, Sherry, Michele, Julie, Lisa, Kathy, Patty, Wanda and Denise; nephews Scott, Eldon J. Jr., Dennis, and David; cousins Connie Robinson and Michael Wickham; as well as the Stainbrook family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Gene and Eldon, his sister Clarice, as well as his in-laws Charles J. and Adeline A. Koss.
Memorials may be directed to either the American Diabetes Association or to the First Presbyterian Church near Ely in his name.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Solon Nursing Care Center, Hospice of Mercy, Dr. Stahlberg, Reverend Dr. Julie Schuett as well as his friends and neighbors.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.