William S Zack

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Brackney Funeral Service
480 E James Lee Blvd
Crestview, FL

Please come celebrate the life of this Father, Patriotic Airman, and big-hearted curmudgeon on the 2nd of August, 2019, at 6:00 PM at Holt Baptist Church. He passed away on the 4th of July with family by his side at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. He is preceded by his father Stanley, his mother Monica, his sister Eleanor. He is survived by his son William S. Zack II, his wife Cherie, and family out of Holt, FL. He is also survived by his daughter Cynthia Zack and family from Key West, Florida, and his step-daughter Tracy (Howard) Finan, of Tallahassee, Florida.

Bill was born in and grew up in New Britain, Connecticut. He worked his high school years mostly for the dairy farms in the surrounding areas. At age 17, his mom signed him into the U.S. Air Force.

From there, he was off to see the world. While working for our nation's military, he went to places and saw things that would make most sailors envious, including a liberty stay in Tripoli, Libya, before it became a dictatorship.

Units he served in included 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, Lakenheath AFB in England, and the 509th Bombing Wing that was based out of Pease AFB in New Hampshire.

In the USA, he loved the beaches and the areas around the Panhandle of Florida, with his hometown areas of the Northeast coming in a close second. He also had fond memories of times spent in the Atlanta, GA area. In spite of his struggles with marriage, he was always there to spend time with and support his children and family.

After retiring from the Air Force, Bill worked odd jobs and worked off the oil platform boats (tenders) in the Gulf of Mexico as the cook and general deckhand. In Atlanta, he was a maintenance technician at an Anglican Church in Marietta, Georgia, and a general home repair technician. When he came back to Florida, settling in the town of Holt in 2004, he remained retired. From there, he made the rounds around the Florida Panhandle. He loved Eglin, the beaches here, and spending time with family and friends.

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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin on July 31, 2019
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