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home : obituaries : obituaries July 22, 2014

1/8/2013 12:16:00 PM
Roger A. Kizzek
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Roger Antony Kizzek 93, husband, father and friend, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at the Hospice House, Port Charlotte Fla.

Burial services were Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla. Memorial services were Friday, Jan. 4, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Venice, Fla.

He is survived by his wife Florence; they were married June 19, 1982. He is also survived by his children, Marlene Young of Annandale, and Brian Kizzek and wife Michelle of Grand Marais, from Roger's wife Marian, who had passed away from Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) in 1981. He is also survived by grandchildren Andrea Yeager and her husband Tom of Helendale Calif., and Philip Bruton of St. Louis Park; Barbara Clark, Florence's daughter and husband Gary of North Port, Fla.

Roger was born Oct. 3, 1919, in St. Paul to Anthony and Mabel Kizzek. Roger enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve March 16, 1939, entering active service Oct. 1, 1940. He served in the Pacific Theater on aircraft carriers throughout World War II rising through the ranks to Aviation Chief Machinist Mate. After his honorable discharge from active service in September 1945 he continued to serve in the Naval Research Reserve and Retired Reserve until September 1970. After his retirement from the Naval Reserve he volunteered and served with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary while living in Florida giving his time and effort involving vessel inspections and marine dealer visitations along the Gulf Coast.

Roger was a graduate of the Dunwoody Industrial Institute and remained an active supporter of that institution through the years. He studied Business Administration at St. Thomas College. He also completed courses and classes in nuclear sciences during his time in naval research.

His business career initially followed the research path as well, with three years in the Aeronautics Department at the University of Minnesota, five years with the General Mills Mechanical Division involved in high altitude research experiments, then with their nuclear division for five years. He began his own company serving as the president of Flame Industries for 10 years. After selling interest in his company, he spent 10 years as the Lindberg Heat Treating Company division manager before his retirement in 1980. He was a past chairman and life member of the American Society for Metals, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Society of Plant Engineers.

Roger enjoyed various hobbies boating, fishing, golf and operating his own little machine shop at home. After physical issues limited his outdoor hobbies he became very involved in computer hardware, rebuilding and donating computers and establishing a network at his Trinity Presbyterian Church and to people in need throughout the area. He will be missed by all who have known him, friend and family.

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