Colonel Grant Eugene Zachary Jr., of Springfield, Va., and formerly of Winona, passed away on Thursday May 9, 2013.
Colonel Zachary was born April 14, 1959, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Grant Eugene Zachary Sr. and Anne Elizabeth (Dodge). The family moved to Winona, Minn., where Colonel Zachary stayed until his early adulthood.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in applied studies, and his masters degree from Troy University in public administration. His service to his country included 20 years with the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Huey helicopter pilot, Flight Facility Commander at Holman Field, and State Aviation Officer St. Paul, Minn. During his service he received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and a host of other medals. After retirement, Colonel Zachary continued to serve his country in the Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command and the Army National Guard Manpower Division. Colonel Zachary is survived by his loving wife, Marianne Elizabeth Watson, of Springfield, Va.; his son, Grant Eugene Zachary III of Donalson, Ga., his daughter, Betty Holley Zachary of Donalson, Ga., and his stepdaughter, Emily Corinne Watson, of Springfield, Va. He also leaves his loving siblings: Christine (Gerry) Kamrowski of Byron Ga., Edward Zachary of Rochester, Minn.; Therese (Dave) Albrecht of Winona, Minn.; and Katy Rauch of Buffalo City, Wis. His stepmother, Carol Zachary of Hudson, Wis., as well as numerous nephews and nieces also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Grant Zachary Sr. and Anne (Dodge) Zachary; and his brothers: Bruce Zachary and Mark Zachary.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Following the visitation, a graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Winona, with Deacon Justin Green officiating. The Minnesota National Guard Burial Detail will provide military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grant Zachary Fund for the Suicide Prevention Fund, Out of the Darkness.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Colonel Zachary’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com
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