Mr. John Myron Zeleznik, Jr.

  • Born: May 24, 1931
  • Died: March 30, 2019
  • Location: North Royalton, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Dear Grandfather, Beloved Uncle, Great-Uncle and Cousin, and Cherished Friend of Many

Message From The Family

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John M. Zeleznik, Jr., age 87, of North Royalton, Ohio; beloved husband of 58 years of the late Loretta E. Zeleznik (nee Zoller) who passed away in April 2018; loving father of Craig M. Zeleznik (Pamela); dear grandfather of Bryce Zeleznik and Austin Zeleznik; cherished uncle of Karen Tillman (David), Steve Zoller, and Linda Kreiner (Michael), and great-uncle of Michael Tillman, Jonathan Tillman, Kaitlyn Kreiner, Matthew Kreiner, and Kyle Kreiner; cousin and friend of many. John was a 1949 graduate of James Ford Rhodes High School in Cleveland, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954. He joined the Cleveland Fire Dept. in 1957, and spent 34 years as a firefighter, retiring as Battalion Chief in June 1991. John was also a 50 year member of the John Barkley Masonic Lodge No. 621. He passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Although flowers are appreciated, the family prefers memorial contributions be forwarded to the Western Reserve Fire Museum, 310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, or visit The family will receive friends at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Funeral service at the funeral home on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Interment with U.S. Army and Cleveland Firefighter honors will follow at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery in Cleveland.



Condolence & Memory Journal

John Z. Was my captain on Engine 9. He was dedicated and left me with many memories.My condolences to the Zelezink family. Ray Srnick Co Worker. Orwell

John Z. was my Captain on Engine 9. He was dedicated and left me with many memories. My condolences to the Zeleznik family.Ray Srnick co-worker. Orwell Ohio April 3,2019

Posted by Ray Srnick - Orwell, OH - Coworker   April 03, 2019

Dear Craig, Pam, Bryce & Austin, we are so very sorry. We hold you all close in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Rest in peace, Mr. Z. Love, Nancy, Dennis & Denny Kashi XoXoX

Posted by Nancy DellaValle-Kashi - North Royalton, OH   April 03, 2019

my thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. So sorry for the loss.

Posted by Chuck Rowland - Brimfield, OH - Friend   April 03, 2019

Our sincerest condolences. May his memory be eternal.

Posted by Nick Spanakis - OH - Family Friend   April 02, 2019

Condolences to the Zeleznik Family.

Posted by Ed Whatley - Baltimore, MD - Coworker   April 01, 2019

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of time.

Posted by Reynaldo Tovar - Clermont, FL - Coworker   April 01, 2019

I drove Chief Zeleznik in Bat. 5 when Eng. 36 was overmanned. He loved to stop at the junk yards in the area. Loved to tinker, visit his old cars he had, and had a love for his desserts. RIP-Good Chief! Doug Kitchen

Posted by Doug Kitchen - Chardon, OH - Coworker   April 01, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

Posted by Sue Neiman - Fairlawn, OH - Family   April 01, 2019

I worked with John on the CFD for many years. He was a dedicated
Firefighter who took his job seriously.

My condolences to all the Zeleznik Family. May he Rest In Peace.
I am sorry that I will be unable to attend the Services since I will
be out of town. I will make a contribution in Memory of John to
The Western Reserve Fire Museum.

Posted by Walt Zimmerer - Strongsville, OH   March 31, 2019

My condolences to the Zeleznik family for your loss.

Posted by Sant Lovett - Chesterfield, MO   March 31, 2019

My condolences to the Zeleznik family. May the God of all comfort bring you peace during this difficult time. Psalms94:19.

Posted by D Slovinsky - Camden, SC   March 30, 2019

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