Lt. Col. William John Czabaranek passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the home of his daughter in Fairfield, Calif. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and resided in Fairfield since 1966.
William served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 until 1967. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War serving as a Navigator. In World War II, William was part of the China – Burma – India campaign flying a B-24 bomber and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and four Oak Leaf Clusters. He is a member of the Caterpillar Club having parachuted after being shot down by enemy fire.
William was a member of the 4087th Air Transport Squadron at Harmon Air Force Base in Newfoundland, the 19th Air Refueling Squadron at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts, and the 84th Military Air Lift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base.
After retiring from the military in 1967, William became a Stock Broker serving most of his career in Fairfield before retiring in 2001.
William was a loving husband and father raising ten children and will always be remembered for his love of life and kind heart. He enjoyed travel, golf, work, and above all being with family. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
He is survived by his children, John (Katherine) Czabaranek, Louise (Edward) Jansen, Marie Bryan, Doreen (Ralph) Moses, William, Jr. (Patsy) Czabaranek, Deanne Vanderpoel, Timothy Czabaranek, Christopher Czabaranek, and Nicole (Steven) Ferullo; and grandchildren, Nicholas (Juliet), Stephen, Christina, Magdeleine (Carl), Thomas, David, Bryan, Joseph (Eileen), Thomas, Michael, Jacqueline, Robert, Jennifer, Joshua, Mason, Natalie, Steven, Jack, Brian, Austin, Ryan, Rachel and Sarahmae. Other survivors include his sister, Jennifer Chuppe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dora Czabaranek of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his wife Magdeleine, who passed on All Saints Day, November 1, 2009; his son, Michael Czabaranek and grandson, William John Czabaranek, III.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. with Rosary to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St. in Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct., 19, 2012, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fairfield, with Fr. Michael Downey officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bryan-Braker, (707) 425-4697. You may sign the guestbook at www.bryanbraker.com.