Obit: Zilk, William Glen (1921 - 2005)

Contact:  Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Zilk, Pace, Resong, Metz, Jackson, Charboneau, Meier, Voigt, Kneeland, Merino, Ziegler

----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thu, Apr 21, 2005

Zilk, William Glen (9 Oct. 1921 - 19 April 2005)


Neillsville - Wm. Glen Zilk, 83, of Neillsville died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

A Mass of Christian burial for Glen will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2005, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. The celebrant is the Very Rev. Woodrow H. Pace. Music will be provided by Ronald Resong, organist and St. Mary's Choir. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, with military rites accorded by the Neillsville Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Casket bearers are Glen's grandsons.

William Glen Zilk was born Oct. 9, 1921, to Joseph F. and Theresa (Metz) Zilk. He attended Neillsville Public Grade School and graduated from Neillsville High School. Glen attended St. Joseph's College-Renseleer, Ind., and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before being drafted into the United States Army Air Corps on July 2, 1942. Glen served with the Military Police during World War II. He served in several different theaters with the Army Air Corps, including India, Africa, the Middle East, Mediterranean and Southern Europe. He had the honor to kiss the hand of Pope Pius XII during an audience and also spent a Christmas Eve in Jerusalem. After his discharge from service on Nov. 11, 1945, he returned to Neillsville and worked in his father's car dealership, Zilk-Villa, as a salesman. Glen was united in marriage to Elaine "Bunny" Jackson on May 22, 1947, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. Glen also became involved with trucking as an independent owner-operator, and later he worked for Lawson Products Inc. as a sales agent.

Glen was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Kiwanis Club, the Neillsville Country Club, the Teamsters Union and the Wilson-Heintz Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 2241.

He was a passionate golfer and was a member of the USGA for many years. Glen also loved music and dancing and in his younger years, he excelled at hockey and ice skating and he was a motorcycle enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine "Bunny"; one son, William (Tamara) Zilk of Neillsville; three daughters, Patricia (Russell) Charboneau of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Mary Jo (Raymond) Meier of Neillsville and Carla (Timothy) Voigt of Neillsville; 11 grandchildren, Tyler Meier, Seth Meier, Sam Meier, Sean Kneeland, Glen Kneeland, Brandon Zilk, Nathan Zilk, Jasmine Merino, Alleah Voigt, Avriel Voigt, Lizabeth Ziegler-Zilk; and five great-grandchildren.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Theresa Zilk; and two brothers, Joseph Zilk Jr. and Francis Zilk.



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