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Claude Zike obit
Posted by: Bob King (ID *****9229) Date: November 05, 2008 at 17:48:56
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It would appear that this Claude Zike may be a s/o Jacob Wendell Zike and Etta Fertig since the brothers mentioned are named as sons of this couple. However, the 9 children I have listed for Jacob and Etta are all said to have been born in Iowa or Oklahoma. Confirmation of the parentage is needed. Anyone?

Claude Zike, 80

Former Alaska resident Claude Zike, 80, died May 18, 2006, in Tucson, Ariz.

He was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Indianapolis, Ind.

He enlisted in the Navy in July 1943 at age 17 and was deployed as a seaman on the USS Helena in 1944. The vessel was torpedoed and sank in October 1944 in the Kula Gulf. Of the 900 men aboard, 400 survived.

Mr. Zike was immediately stationed on the USS Houston in the Pacific. The USS Houston was also torpedoed and sunk during the Battle of the Philippines. Again, many were killed. He then served on USS Providence. He was called back into service during the Korean War.

After World War II, he graduated from Purdue University in Indianapolis, then completed his master's in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

A telephone pioneer, Mr. Zike served 40 years in that industry. Beginning in high school at Indiana Bell, he became an engineer for several companies including Indiana Bell, Hancock Rural, then chief engineer for Continental Telephone, serving in Jamaica and U.S. mainland exchanges.

In 1978, he established Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative, bringing the first true satellite telephones to eight isolated Native villages above the Arctic Circle, as well as the Prudhoe Bay oil field area. He retired in 1994.

While CEO and general manager for Arctic Slope Telephone, he served as an officer and board member on many national telephone boards including the National Exchange Carriers Association, Western Rural Telephone, United States Telephone Association and the Alaska Telephone Association.

Family wrote: "Claude is beloved by his entire family, and all who ever met and worked with him hold him in high regard."

He is survived by wife, Susanne Zike; sisters, Rose Mary Chapman, Francis Coddington and Marilyn Copeland; brothers, Ken Zike, Vernon and James Zike; and children and stepchildren, Gregg Zike, Claudia Swallow, Cynthia Skweres, Scott Zike, Maj. Peter Zike, Ben Burke and Peter Burke, all of the Lower 48, and Kirsten Moore of Soldotna.

He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Memorial services were May 22, 2006, in Tucson, Ariz.



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