Philip R. Zarda, age 94, Mattoon, died on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.
He was born on March 13, 1917 in Aniwa, the son of the late Richard and Minnie (Mondl) Zarda. On August 20, 1949, Philip was united in marriage to Joan Janssen at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mattoon. She preceded him in death on April 11, 2009.
Philip was a Sargeant in the United States Army Air Corps serving during World War II. He was a member of the Flying Tigers and developed photographs in China during his enlistment. Philip was very proud of his service and country. Philip then owned and operated Zarda Service Inc. with his father and brothers until selling it in 1969. He then was a Union carpenter and retired from the former Loed Corporation in Wausau, where he was a welder. Philip enjoyed spending time in the woods, hunting, making maple syrup, his pets and the Green Bay Packers. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two children, Vicki (David) Kickhaver and Thomas (Dawn) Zarda, all of Mattoon; seven grandchildren, Joelle Nelson, Travis Kickhaver, Josh Kickhaver, Matthew Zarda, Wendee Arrowood, Richard Zarda and Corey Zarda; 10 great-grandchildren and one special great grandchild. In addition to his wife and parents, Philip was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and James.
A Liturgy of the Word service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church, Phlox. Deacon Thomas Hartman will officiate. Interment will be in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, town of Hutchins, Shawano County with military rites conducted by the John Owen American Legion Post #287, Mattoon. Visitation will from 5PM to 7PM on Wednesday at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood and again on Thursday from 10AM until the time of service at the church. There will be a Parish Wake Service at 6:30PM Wednesday evening at the funeral home. The family guest book and condolences available at schmidtschulta.com