Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. Stanislaus Church in Stevens Point.
Visitation will be at the church from at 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the service.
A memorial in his name will be established at a later date.
Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Zurawski was born June 9, 1927, in Plover, a son of the late Frank and Helen (Shomberg) Zurawski. He attended Pine School, a one-room schoolhouse in Plover, for eight years. He then attended P.J. Jacobs High School.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served from 1950-1952 with the Eighth Army, Second Division, Indianhead, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Third Battalion, I Company achieving the rank of corporal. He was decorated with a Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement and the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge. He suffered serious wounds during the battle of Heartbreak Ridge, earning a Purple Heart. He fought in four of the five major campaigns during the liberation of South Korea from the Chinese Communists. He was the recipient of the National Defense Medal, United Nations Korean Service Medal, receiving four Bronze Service Stars for each campaign, two U.S. Presidential Unit Citations, two Republic of Korea Presidential Citations, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Ambassador for Freedom Medal from the Republic of South Korea as well as the Cold War Victory Medal. After his recuperation at the Army Hospital in Nagoya, Japan he returned to Camp Polk, La.
During his combat experience he wrote hundreds of love letters to his future wife, Anne, many of which are included in his book “Dearest Anne.”
Mr. Zurawski was married to Anne Augustinak April 15, 1952, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point.
During his younger years he worked on the family farm. He was later employed by Fischer’s Dairy in Stevens Point and by Greyhound Bus in Madison before being drafted into the military.
After his marriage he and his wife resided in the vicinity of Camp Polk before he was honorably discharged from the Army.
He continued employment with Greyhound Bus in Madison before moving back to Stevens Point to be near family. He worked for the Point Bakery making deliveries. Later, he was a bookkeeper for the city of Stevens Point from 1956 until his retirement in 1988.
He was an active member of his Union, serving as president for several years. For 30 years he owned and operated Central State Brushworks, a small business that made large rotary street sweepers for many Wisconsin municipalities.
Survivors include his wife, Anne; three daughters, Karoleen (Larry) Glenzer, Linda Miller and Nancy (Ray) Havlovick; one son, Joseph (Stacy); one sister, Rosa (Clarence) Wanta, Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister-in-law, Regina (Joe) Misiewicz; one brother-in-law, Stanley (Jane) Augustinak; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.