Joseph M. Lezark, 88, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at his home.
He was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Washington, Pa., to Anna and Matthew Lezark.
A World War II Naval Aviator and a retired United Airlines Boeing 747 Captain, Joseph retired to Punta Gorda from St. Charles, Ill., in 1984. He was a member of many social and fraternal organizations, including the Punta Gorda Masonic Lodge 115 F&AM; Scottish and York Rite Valley, Araba Temple of Shrine, and the Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 170, all of Fort Myers, Fla.; and American Legion Post 110 of Port Charlotte, Fla. In several, Joseph served in a leadership capacity. He was Past Master of the Punta Gorda Masonic Lodge, and led their annual Holiday Food Baskets program for many years; and also served as a volunteer at Charlotte Regional Medical Center hospital in Punta Gorda.
Joseph loved to play the Trombone as a young man, playing in his church and a band. He was also an avid fisherman who enjoyed travel and golf. A devoted husband and father, he was especially proud of the accomplishments of his three children, as well as those of his grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.
He is survived by his children, Linda (Robert) Reger of Orland Park, Ill., Patricia (William) Wilkinson of Kamiah, Idaho, and Joseph (Kim) Lezark of Ruckersville, Va.; three grandchildren, Janette (Matt) Hemphill of Lewiston, Idaho, Cody (Sara) Wilkinson of Grangeville, Idaho, and Jesse Wilkinson of Post Falls, Idaho; four great-grandchildren, Emma and Josey Hemphill of Lewiston, and Abe and Ila Wilkinson of Grangeville; a sister, Margery (Thomas) George of Anniston, Ala.; two nieces; and four nephews. In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by two sisters and their spouses, Ann (Oscar) Flood and Elizabeth (Al) Hoornaert; and his beloved wife of more than 60 years, Bonnie.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Roberson Funeral Home Punta Gorda Chapel, 215 Mary St., Punta Gorda. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the funeral home chapel. Committal with Military Honors followed by burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Indian Springs Cemetery in Punta Gorda.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joseph’s name are suggested to the First United Methodist Historical Sanctuary Renovation Project, care of First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4420. Friends may visit www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Punta Gorda Chapel.