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4520 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710
Phone: 254-772-5272
Fax: 254-772-5695
Ronald  Zahirniak

Ronald Frank Zahirniak

Tuesday, March 7th, 1944 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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Ronald Frank Zahirniak departed this life on March 13, 2019 with his wife Lana by his side. Funeral services will be at OakCrest Funeral Home on Saturday, March 16 at 10 am, Ernie Christie and Bobby Wheat officiating. Interment will follow at Waco Memorial Park.

Ronnie, known as “Zeke” growing up, was born on March 7, 1944 to Opal and Gus Zahirniak. He grew up in Lacy-Lakeview and graduated from Connally High School in 1962, and Sam Houston State University in 1966. Ronnie loved baseball and played in high school as well as college.

He was an outdoorsman, loving golf, hunting and fishing. He was a left handed pitcher with a good fastball and curve, and his life was very similar, throwing fastballs and curves every chance he got. Everyone who met him knew he was a unique individual in many ways.

Ronnie and Lana Neel were married March 4, 1972 in Waco and enjoyed 47 years of a very happy and loving marriage. Ronnie was employed at Wm. Cameron Company as an accountant until retiring in 1999.

Ronnie was baptized into Christ on January 14, 1972 and was a member of Lake Shore Church of Christ where he and Lana attended regularly.

He will be greatly missed by all his family, golfing buddies and deer lease friends.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Opal and Augustus Zahirniak and his half-sister, Duana (Pruitt) Peck.

He is survived by his wife, Lana (Neel) Zahirniak; brothers, Harold Zahirniak and wife, Deanna of Newark, California and Jimmy Zahirniak and wife, Madeline of Bullard, Texas; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Peters of West, Diane Parma and husband, Gary of West, and Debbie Dunn and husband, Steve of Hewitt; and brother-in-law, George Neel and wife, Pat of Lorena.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Cherokee Children’s Home, and Foster’s Home for Children in Stephenville,
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    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 10:00am
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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    Ernie Christie
    Bobby Wheat


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Larry Bolfing

Posted at 12:58pm
I grew up in Lacy Lakeview and remember Ronnie mostly seeing him at the baseball field. I played little league and would watch Ronnie pitch in an older league and I was always amazed at how fast and accurate he could throw. I used to think how frightened I would be to have to bat against him and that fast pitch he threw. I was fortunate enough to see Ronnie a couple of years ago and we chatted about the folks we knew and I was very pleased to see him. God bless Ronnie and all of the family and Peace be with you all.

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