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ARTHUR ZIELKE


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ARTHUR ZIELKE Obituary
July 20, 1945 - July 17, 2018 EDMOND Art passed peacefully in the arms of his loving wife of 47 years, Roberta (Northcutt) Zielke, after a long courageous battle with cancer.Art was born in Bronx, a borough of New York City, to parents, Herbert and Hattie (Kriegier) Zielke. He attended Dewitt Clinton High School in The Bronx and graduated in 1963. After graduation he joined the US Air Force. October 15. 1971 he married Roberta Northcutt of Eufaula, OK. Roberta had served 3 years in the US Army. They met in Oklahoma City where he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base and she was working at the VA Hospital. Throughout their married life, she was always there supporting him in his career.Art began his distinguished career serving his country from 1963 to 1984. He served in South Korea, Turkey, England, Greenland, Panama, Germany, Minnesota, and retired at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City.Following his retirement from the Air Force, he began a new career in civil service. He served at Tinker in the Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) program. He continued to serve at Tinker until he was transferred to S.H.A.P.E., in Mons, Belgium for 11 years before returning to retire at Tinker. Following his retirement from civil service, Art worked as a consultant for a private Government Contractor, International Logistics Solutions, owned by Jerry W. Hudson until his final retirement in 2012.Art cherished the relationships he enjoyed with his military, civilian, co-workers, and their families and friends that he met throughout his long career. He stayed in touch and visited many of them whenever he could. Art's greatest joy was spending time with his four grandchildren. He had many hobbies which included spending time with both family and the friends that he had made over the years, traveling with Roberta on cruises or road trips. He loved the theatre; he and Roberta were season ticketholders with the Civic Center, Lyric Theatre and the Philharmonic for many years.Art particularly enjoyed building and flying large model airplanes. He belonged to the Okla. Sooner Squadron, Chapter 216, Guthrie, OK, for the past 13 years.He is survived by his wife, Roberta; son, Jason and wife Shelia and granddaughters, Willa and Winnie; daughter, Rachel and husband Jacob Hostetler and grandson, Calen and granddaughter, Aslan. Art was preceded in death by parents, in-laws, Shorty and Gladys Northcutt, brother, Ralph and sister-in-law, Nancy.
Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 12, 2018
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