Donald Keith Van Zile, 84, of Pentwater, Mich., and Venice, Fla., passed away on July 1, 2014. He was born April 22, 1930, in Rochester, New York, to Marietta and Glen Van Zile.
Donald was educated at the Rochester Institute of Technology and received a BA in science from the University of Rochester. He started his career as an electrician’s assistant for Eastman Kodak, then worked at General Motors for 44 years before retiring as an executive in 1991.
He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1947 to 1950 and the U.S. Air Force. He was discharged in 1954 after serving as an electronics instructor on B29 bombers during the Korean War. He served as a volunteer firefighter and fire commissioner for the North Greece, New York, Fire Department. Donald was an avid boater and fisherman throughout his life and spent many happy hours pursuing salmon on Lake Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Roger Van Zile.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joan. Additional survivors include brother Charles James Van Zile; sister Dorothy (Donald) Ferrentino; and children Marjorie (Jeff) Graham, Keith Van Zile, David (Wendy) Van Zile, Denise (Staz) Guntek, and Jonathon (Erika) Van Zile; and stepchildren Paul Carney (Paul Sadzinski), Sean Carney, and Leslie Tonon. He has 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tidewell Hospice in Venice, Florida; Pentwater Junior Sailing Program; or the Lighthouse Lutheran Church of Pentwater, Michigan.