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Virgel R. Zanick



Virgel R. Zanick, 70, of Kingston, Tennessee and formerly of Vermilion, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home. He was born June 25, 1947 in Elyria, to John and Vera (nee Loper) Zanick.

He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Cleveland. He enlisted with the United States Navy December 6, 1966 serving his country in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged February 5, 1971.

Upon returning from serving his country, he worked for U.S. Steel. He then went on to join the Carpenters Union for six years. Virgel became part owner of Ceiling Specialties and founded Northern Ohio Lumber and Timber Company. He successfully owned and operated several other small businesses.

Virgel was also a Charter Boat Captain on Lake Erie. Fishing and boating was his passion. He also served as the Commodore of the Beaver Park Yacht Club.

As an accomplished and talented carpenter, he built his last two homes as well as helping others in need with his talent in carpentry. He thoroughly enjoyed his craft.

Virgel will be greatly missed by his family and all who loved him. He will be remembered as a kind, loving, sincere and optimistic gentleman.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra M. (nee Preiss); son, Scott (Beth) Zanick; daughter, Dr. Suzanne M. Ellis; grandchildren, Corbin C. Zanick, Landen R. Zanick, Isabelle M. Ellis and Isaac R. Ellis; sisters, Joyce A. (Russell "Bud") Johnson, Ruth L. (John "Jack") Liptok and Brenda M. (John) Heisler; mother-in-law, Mae M. Preiss and his beloved dog, Sweet Daisy Mae.

Virgel was preceded in death by his father, John Zanick; and his mother, Vera H. Wyszynski and his father-n-law, George W.Preiss.

The Zanick family will receive friends Friday, January 5, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M. in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral &Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 731 Exchange Street, in Vermilion (Everyone please meet at church) The Reverend, Father Ron Brickner, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, in Brook Park Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:30 P.M.

Contributions may be made in memory of Virgel to the Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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