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John Amos Zoulek, 89, of Traverse City, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Villa at Traverse Point. John was born on Sept. 23, 1927 in Traverse City to the late Amos "Pete" and Lucille (Donley) Zoulek.
He married Audrey Irene Minch on June 7, 1947 in Traverse City at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Together they lovingly raised four wonderful children.
John honorably served our country in the United States Navy during World War II.
Upon his return he began working as an auto mechanic. He worked for over 30 years at Doug Linder Tire and various other auto stores around town and in Florida. He enjoyed learning about tires, brakes and front ends of vehicles.
John served as president of the Immaculate Conception PTA and on the school board at St. Francis. He also was a devoted Elk and was the past exalted ruler of the Traverse City Elks Lodge #323.
In his spare time he enjoyed puzzles of all kinds including, crossword, word searches, word games and jigsaws. He also like to do yard work and occasionally hunting.
When the children were younger the family enjoyed camping and traveling all over. Some of the most memorable trips were to Niagara Falls, Washington, D.C., New York and Florida.
John will be remembered for his hard work ethic and gentle soul.
Surviving John are his wife of almost 70 years, Audrey; daughters, Shirley (Paul) Penney, Kathleen (Richard) Hentschel and Colleen (Donald) Vert; grandchildren, Tracy (Paul) Reightley, Sheila Hentschel, Jim (Jamie) Penney, David (Beth) Hentschel, Eric (JoEllen) Vert and Christopher (Jennifer) Vert; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Mikayla, Mollie (Brian), Zoey, Ellisa, Donley, Kayla, Brooke, Cody, Bailey, Cheyenne, Owen, Dylan, Sebestian, JJ and Madison; great-great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Kameron; his sister, Mary McDonald; and many other loving family members and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael; and his grandson, Michael.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of one's choice.
Kindly share thoughts and memories with John's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Published on June 11, 2017
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