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Richard Martin "Marty" Waschak

January 3, 1934 ~ February 23, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Richard Martin "Marty" Waschak Obituary

Gainesville, Georgia: Martin (Marty) R. Waschak passed away at home surrounded by family on February 23, 2024. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Good Shepard Catholic Church located at 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming, Georgia at 1pm on Friday, March 1, 2024. The family will receive friends prior to the service in the narthex of the church. 

Marty was born in Youngstown, Ohio on January 3, 1934. The son of the late Martin M. and Helen (Sofranko) Waschak. He was a graduate of Chaney High School in Youngstown. Marty attended Kent state University, Case Western Reserve and graduated from Youngstown State University with a BS degree in accounting and economics. Martin was in the Air Force ROTC and was the President of the Phi Delta Tau accounting honors fraternity at Youngstown Stat.  For two years, Marty served in the US Army during which time he was deployed to Greenland as part of the 1 st Engineer Arctic Task Force. He participated in the early construction of Camp TUTO, Thule Air Base, and what would later be Camp Century. He was the first radio operator to travel and set up a base command post in the middle of one of the crevasses. He also supported the then secret testing of Gainesville, Georgia: Martin (Marty) R. Waschak passed away at home surrounded by family on February 23, 2024. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Good Shepard Catholic Church located at 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming, Georgia at 1pm on Friday, March 1, 2024. The family will receive friends prior to the service in the narthex of the church.

Marty was born in Youngstown, Ohio on January 3, 1934. The son of the late Martin M. and Helen (Sofranko) Waschak. He was a graduate of Chaney High School in Youngstown. Marty attended Kent state University, Case Western Reserve and graduated from Youngstown State University with a BS degree in accounting and economics. Martin was in the Air Force ROTC and was the President of the Phi Delta Tau accounting honors fraternity at Youngstown State.  For two years, Marty served in the US Army during which time he was deployed to Greenland as part of the 1 st Engineer Arctic Task Force. He participated in the early construction of Camp TUTO, Thule Air Base, and what would later be Camp Century. He was the first radio operator to travel and set up a base command post in the middle of one of the crevasses. He also supported the then secret testing of the gyrocompasses that would eventually be installed in and guide the Nautilus Nuclear Submarine in the first ever transit under the noth polar icecap.

After returning from military service, he worked for the US Steel Corporation for 10 years moving through various management / corporate positions. Marty left US Steel for Emerson Electric, Cromalox Division in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1974 he was recruited by the Lithonia Lighting Company in Conyers, Georgia. He held several management positions over 25 years finally retiring as Vice President and Treasurer. Under his management the company grew into a multibillion-dollar corporation.

Marty is survived by his wife of 62 years Patti (Joy) Waschak, his sons Michael R. Waschak of Gainesville, Georgia, Mark A. (& Mary) Waschak of Cohutta, Georgia and Marty R. (& Lisa) Waschak II of Clarksville, Georgia, and his daughter Michelle J. Waschak (& Cecil) of Columbia, South Carolina, his additionally chosen son and daughter Thomas Golden and Elizabeth Murchison, his two granddaughters; Amanda Danielle, (& James) Kauffmann of Atlanta, Georgia and Lauren Brooke Waschak of Charlestown, South Carolina, his sister-in-law Barbara Waschak, and brother-in-law Michael Joy of Austintown, Ohio and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Marty was preceded in death by his sister Deloris and brother-in-law Eugene Zurawick of Youngstown, Ohio, and his brother Jim Waschak of Poland, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bright Focus Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871 (800.437.2423), or the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44195 (800.223.2273), or the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08034 (800.532.7667).

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Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
March 1, 2024

1:00 PM
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
3740 Holtzclaw Road
Cumming, GA 30040

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