Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Albert R. Tkac 1926 - 2013

My dad, Al Tkac, went to be with the Lord at 3:45 in the morning Nov. 11, 2013 on Veterans Day. He served in the US Navy from 1944-46. He pitched for Penn State, was a fine dresser and a cool man about town! I'll miss him.

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die." - John 11:25-26

Albert R. Tkac, a longtime resident of Allen Park died on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 at the age of 87. Al was predeceased in 1988 by his loving wife of 35 years Eleanor (Lanyi). He is survived by his children Russell (Monica), Bonnie (Harry) Artinian, Ron (Sandy), and Tom (Melanie) and grandchildren Amanda, Alex, Amy, Jon, Sam, Nora, Vince, Spencer, Dylan, Harrison, Ethan and Lucas and great grandchildren, Claire and Patrick. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Ernest Lanyi and sister-in-laws Theresa Tkac and Beverly Lanyi and many loving nieces and nephews. Al was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on May 15, 1926 to the late Michael and Anna (Buzek) Tkac. He was predeceased by siblings Paul, Joseph, Michael, Anna (Sentesi), Margaret (Strom) and Andrew. Al was a proud veteran of World War II and served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946. He attended Penn State University on the G.I. Bill where he played football as a half back and also pitched for the baseball team. He was a proud graduate of Penn State and a dedicated Nittany Lion fan for the rest of his life. Al worked for the Kelsey-Hayes Corporation for 33 years in many capacities. He and his family moved to Allen Park, Michigan in 1961 when he was transferred to Kelsey’s Romulus, Michigan plant. Al was an avid golfer for over fifty years. He was most proud in his eighties when he could shoot a golf score under his age. Regrettably for his sons, they were never able to beat him. He treasured the time spent with his many golf buddies over the years. After moving to Michigan, Al fell in love with the game of hockey and was a dedicated, die-hard Detroit Red Wing fan until he died. Al was a wonderful father who will be missed immensely by his four children. They are the people they are today because of the great ethics instilled in them by their parents. Visitation 1-8pm Thursday. Funeral Service 11am Friday at Weise Funeral Home, 7210 Park, Allen Park (313-382-1150). Interment Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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