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Mitchell "Mike" Zolik, 98, of Traverse City, formerly of Warren, passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at Orchard Creek Assisted Living.
He was born on June 24, 1919 in Utica, New York, to Polish immigrants, Antoni Zolik and Emilia Zolik (Liepiesza). He was predeceased by Mary (Gaye) Hohler, his wife of 55 years; and his sister, Polly Zolik.
He graduated from Hamtramck High School and received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan.
After college he served as a U.S. Naval officer with the Seabees 115th Battalion, Pacific Theater, World War II.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he became the engineer/manager of Detroit Metro Airport. Later he was named the deputy managing director of the Wayne County Road Commission.
He had a strong Christian faith and was active in the Catholic church and the community. He volunteered at Macomb Hospital in Warren for many years delivering newspapers to the patients.
He practiced a healthy lifestyle, and for as long as he was able he walked three miles a day.
Mike was a longtime active member of the Polish Century Club of Detroit and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He was a former scoutmaster and longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He also was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He was the dearest father of Michael (Catherine), Daniel (Jan) and MaryBeth (Terry) Smith; dearest grandfather of Michael (Sasha), Maureen (Andrew), Alycia (Marty), Nathan (Heather), Tara, Derek and Cullin; and dearest great-grandfather of Madeline, Joseph, Leo, Cate, Phoebe, Daisy, Sophia, Louis, Ruby, Theodore, Abram and Adele.
A visitation will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary prayed at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 9. Mass will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at St. Francis Catholic Church at 11 a.m., with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at the Lake Ann Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Kindly share thoughts and memories with Mike's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Published on September 6, 2017
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