Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - March 5, 2010

Obituaries

Ray King

Ray King died of a heart attack at his home in Pleasanton Feb. 21. He was 77.

Born Jan. 1, 1933 in Montrose, Colo., Mr. King received his Master of Science in electrical engineering and doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado. Prior to moving to Pleasanton, he was a professor for 18 years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison until 1982. He moved to Pleasanton as a research engineer at the Lawrence Livermore Lab where he worked from 1983 to 1990. He co-formed a company in 1983, KDC Technology in Livermore, where he worked until his death.

Mr. King loved camping, hiking, fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, gardening and yard work, as well as wood building and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Diane; daughter Kristin Strickland; son Karl King; sister Bernice McClanahan; and three grandchildren.

Mr. King was preceded in death by sisters Mable Colhour and Marie Sanger.

Services were held Feb. 26 at CrossWinds Church in Dublin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO, 80921.

Paul Josef Zischka

Paul Zischka died Jan. 21 at the age of 45 after a brave and spirited battle with esophageal cancer.

Mr. Zischka grew up and lived in Pleasanton. After graduating from Foothill High School in 1984, he attended the Carpenters Union School. In 1993 he started his own company, Paul Z Construction, and was quickly recognized in the trade for his upstanding professionalism and superior craftsmanship.

He enjoyed camping, jet skiing, snow skiing/snowboarding and snowmobiling (go B.L.T. guys), but most of all riding his dirt bike and dicing it up on the trails. His talent and passion for the sport was evident in both a competitive and fun nature and quickly became a family affair. Together, he and his son Travis enjoyed riding and competing in Cross Country Hare Scrambles and the local Carnegie Hill Climb events.

Mr. Zischka was also a very generous man with his time and talents. Whether he was at work, home, camping, or out on the trail, he was the "go-to" guy. It was widely known that he could fix anything and had the ingenuity and tools to do it. He happily shared his knowledge and truly enjoyed helping others.

He had an infinite passion for life and his energy was boundless. For him, it was all about spending time with family and friends, working hard and playing harder. He lived each day to the fullest and took pride in everything he did.

He touched many lives by just being himself. His warm heart and contagious smile made people want to be a part of his world. He was an incredible and loving son, husband, father and dear friend. He will be genuinely missed by many.

Mr. Zischka is survived by Tanja, his wife and love of 27 years; his son Travis; his mother Sue; his brothers Kurt and Peter; and his sister Kirsten.

His father Herbert preceded him in death in 2006.

A celebration of Mr. Zischka's life and memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

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