Kenneth R. Zipko, 60, Defense sub-contractor, college All-Conference football player, Yankees fan

By on April 5, 2017

Kenneth R. “Ken” Zipko, 60, of Lititz, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Dover, N.J., he was the husband of Dawn (Miller) Zipko of Lititz, with whom he would have celebrated his 38th wedding anniversary on April 22. He was the son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Suckey) Zipko.

Ken was a 1974 graduate of Morris Catholic High School, Denville, N.J., and a 1978 graduate of Bloomsburg University, where he was an All-Conference football player.

Ken started his professional career at Armstrong Industries, where he worked for 18 years. He was then a sub-contractor for the Department of Defense, employed as a senior cyber security analyst for Cinteot Inc. This position allowed him to visit many parts of the world and fulfilled his love of travel.

He was immensely proud of his children, and loved to be connected to his many friends and family. A kind and witty man who loved to make others laugh, he loved baseball, especially the New York Yankees. In his younger years, he excelled as an athlete, participating in wrestling, football, and both playing and coaching baseball. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Lititz.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Paul Zipko of Phoenixville; and Breanne and Adam Zipko, both of Lititz; four brothers: John, Joe, Tom, and Ray Zipko; a number of nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; and his family’s beloved dog: Reggie.

He was preceded in death by a sister: JoAnn Ruggeri.

Graveside services will be private. A public celebration of his life will be held later in April.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Ken’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603. This organization was special to Ken; he participated in their Heart Walk every year.

To place a condolence online, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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