Richard John Zoitke died Sept. 14 at home in Riverhead after suffering a heart attack. He was 78.
He was born June 1, 1935, in Brooklyn to Max and Louise (Adams) Zoitke. He attended high school, then served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He married Arline Blaha in Hempstead on May 3, 1958.
Mr. Zoitke worked as a machinist for the Grumman Corporation in Calverton and was active in the VFW, Moose Lodge and the American Legion.
He is survived by his former wife; his son, Richard; and his daughter, Kristin. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert,
Visiting hours and a service took place Sept. 17 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.