Albert Lee Watzek, age 81 passed into his eternal rest on March 4, 2020, in Gainseville , Florida after a nearly four-year battle with multiple-myeloma. he is survived by his son, David and his spouse Eve, of Alamogordo, NM; his son, Michael, of Cincinnati, OH; his daughter, Zella Cassill, of Villa Hills, KY; five grandsons, Matthew and Michael Watzek; Chase, Dean and Quinn Buckman; and his partner , Leah Phillips, of Summerfield, Florida.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann Watzek, of Cincinnati, OH; his son, Matthew Watzek, of Cincinnati; his brother, Ed Watzek, of Cincinnati; and his brother, James Watzek, of Port Huron, MI.
Albert was born on March 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, to parents Edward William and Zella Mary Watzek (nee, Branscome). He married Mary Ann in 1962 and the couple had four children.
Albert was a social, active man who enjoyed the theater and playing all sports; he excelled at varsity football for Roger Bacon HS and received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Dayton, where he played varsity football and club ice hockey as a goalie. Upon graduation from the University of Dayton, Albert was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, becoming an Airborne Ranger, where he faithfully served his country for seven years, both at home and overseas. Albert also loved the game of handball and was a regular member of the YMCA in each city he called home. He was also an avid scuba diver. Al worked in sales for most of his adult life and loved to travel the world whenever the opportunity afforded itself.
A memorial service is scheduled for March 19, 2020, at 1:00 PM, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, with a reception to follow at Al and Leah’s home in Summerfield, FL. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Al’s life and memory. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, and support during this difficult time. Flowers can be sent to the home in Summerfield, and donations can be sent to the Tunnels2Towers organization. God bless us everyone.
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