Zoland E. Alkire, 88, of Topeka, passed away peacefully Monday, December 31, 2018.
He was born June 8, 1930, in Napier, Missouri, the son of Willie Jackson and Bernice Esther (Graham) Alkire.
Zoland served in the United States Air Force for 22 years and was honorably retired as a Master Sergeant in 1970. During his service he was stationed worldwide including Japan, The American Embassy in London, England and many locations in the United States. He was later employed by Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 17 years, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of Philip Billard Post No. 1650 of VFW and American Legion Post No. 400.
Zoland is survived by his wife of 68 years F. "Orvella" (McGilvray) Alkire. They were married on June 18th, 1950 in Salina, Kansas. Other survivors include three children, Zolan Timothy Alkire, Tampa, FL, Zolana Jean (Jean Sassatelli) Baumel, Omaha, NE and Andrew Jonathan (Wendy) Alkire, Topeka; three grandchildren, Kristin, Alicia and Brionna; three great-grandchildren, Avery, Jack Wallace and Lochlan; and two sisters, Ella June Gleason, Denver, CO and Dixie Lee Pierson, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Billy Eugene, Jerry Graham and Merrill Dean Alkire.
Zoland enjoyed golfing and model airplanes in his earlier years, was an avid Cornhusker Football Fan and always enjoyed a good old fashioned debate.
Services and inurnment at Oregon, Missouri will be held at a later date. Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel is assisting the family.
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