On April 24, 2023, Joseph F. Zultewicz took his final breath after his short but courageous battle with colon cancer. He was 73 years old. The family and friends are deeply saddened; however, they know heaven is very lucky to have him as he is likely already fixing something from above.
Joe was born in Springfield, PA to Frank Zultewicz and Elizabeth Wanzie. After graduating from Springfield High School, Joe proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War where he specialized in assembling and maintaining many helicopters including the Bell UH-1N twin helicopters. Joe was a member of the U.S Air Force Green Hornets 20th Special Operations Squadron supporting the Green Berets stationed in Cameron Bay. In his true selfless nature, he would volunteer for certain missions so others with families would not have to go. After one year of serving in Vietnam, Joe was transferred to Hill Air Force Base in Hill AFB, Utah.
Joe met Darlene Salaz in 1972. They fell in love and were married on January 12, 1973. Joe and Darlene just celebrated 50 years of marriage. Joe and Darlene have two beautiful daughters, Katie and Jessica, who loved and adored him dearly. His two daughters were the light of his life and he proudly spoke of his daughters often. Joe and Darlene resided in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania for 43 years. They later moved back to Clearfield, Utah to be close to Darlene’s family after retirement.
Joe was an aircraft mechanic for Sunoco Oil Company for 30 years and retired as Director of Aviation Maintenance. Joe later worked for the Boeing Company where he was responsible for wiring the same Chinook helicopter that his father, Frank, helped design in the 1970’s.
Everyone that met Joe loved and respected him. To know Joe was to love Joe. Joe was willing to help anyone in need, making him many friends throughout his life. Joe was a big-hearted guy who shared his many talents with everyone. Joe felt exhilarated riding his motorcycle, had a unique talent for woodworking, took pride in his garden and had a natural talent for carpentry. His family fondly referred to him as ‘Mr. MacGyver’ as he was so handy, he could fix anything he got his hands on. Joe had such a lighthearted personality and could make anyone laugh. Joe was a great fan of classic rock, often making up his own unique goofy lyrics to songs on the radio. Everyone admired Joe’s full head of beautiful white hair and his handsome blue eyes.
Joe is survived by his wife, Darlene, daughters Katie and Jessica Zultewicz, brother Jim Zultewicz (Mary Jean), sisters Joanne Dimmick, Margie Barrett (George) and Rosemary Barrett.
A special thank you to the George E. Whalen Veterans Home who took care of him in his last days. Their kindness for him is greatly appreciated and will always be remembered and appreciated by his family.
Joe will be honored with a Funeral service held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South. Friends may visit with family on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary. Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services by scrolling to the bottom of Joe’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.
Joe’s gravesite service will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at Evergreen Cemetery.
Since Joe lived most of his life in Pennsylvania, a separate Celebration of Life service will also be held in PA so that his loved ones from afar who can’t attend his services will have the opportunity to honor him. Details to follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Wounded Warriors Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or any Veterans Organization.