John J. Zelasko


September 21, 1921 - August 20, 2013

John was born the oldest of three sons to Jozef and Victoria Zelasko. John died peacefully at his home on August 20, 2013. He attended St. Mary’s School and J.M. Weatherwax High School, where he was active in sports and played guard for the state championship Bobcat Football team in 1938. He graduated from Grays Harbor College and entered the University of Washington in 1941. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

When the war broke out in December, John answered our country’s call and left school to join the Navy. He earned 11 combat stars while on the Destroyer U.S.S. Gridley 380 in the South Pacific. While patrolling off of Guam he was awarded a battlefield commission (mustang officer). In 1946, he left the Navy as a Lt. JG and reenrolled at the University of Washington, graduating in 1949.

In that same year he married Kathleen Campbell and opened a real estate office in Aberdeen. Over the years he earned numerous awards including Realtor of the Year.

He was a lifetime member of the Polish and Elks Clubs, Tin Can Sailors, VFW, American Legion, 40 et 8, a 4th degree Knights of Columbus and volunteer for Feed the Hungry. In 1949, he was a founding member of the All Veterans Honor Guard and was its treasurer until his death.

John enjoyed golfing, traveling, fishing, cutting wood for a good fire, the Mariners, daily coffee and crosswords with his buddies at Swansons and ice cream. He was world renowned for his fish and chips and crepe making. His first love was always his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Kevin) Thompson and Joanie Zelasko; son, Joe (Laura) Zelasko; granddaughters, Natalie, Olivia, Lisa and Jessica. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; and his brothers, Ted and Bob.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 5, 2013, with a reception following at the Log Pavilion.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Feed the Hungry program c/o St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 306 E. Third St., Aberdeen or to the #224 VFW Honor Guard, c/o Anchor Bank, 120 N. Broadway, Aberdeen.