Ralph C. Zilker, age 75, of Mahanoy City, died Sunday at his home. Born at the former Locust Mountain Hospital he was the son of the late Leon P. and Florence (Stefanowicz) Zilker Sr. He was a 1962 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School and was a proud Army veteran serving 3 tours of duty in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was of the Catholic faith. He had been employed by Hollander Home Fashions. He was a member of the Washington Hook and Ladder Fire Company in Mahanoy City where he was a former Vice President and Trustee, Schuylkill County Firefighters Association, American Legion Post 74 also of Mahanoy City, VFW and the Loyal Order of Moose. He was preceded in death by a brother Leon P. Zilker Jr. and a sister Florence Mitchell. Survivors include a brother Paul and his wife of Joan of Mahanoy City and nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call and visit with the family on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM at David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. A funeral procession will form Friday morning at the funeral home at 9:30 AM departing for the German Protestant Cemetery in Mahanoy Township at 9:45 AM. Interment with military honors will be at 10 AM at the cemetery. Contributions in Ralph's name to the Washington Hook and Ladder Fire Company or the Disabled American Veterans would be appreciated by the family and will be accepted at the visitation. Please visit www.jarrettfuneralhome.co for more information.
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