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Thomas T. "Tom" Zissos

Thomas T. "Tom" Zissos, 82, of Cloquet, Minn., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. He was born April 10, 1925, in Duluth, Minn., to Theodore and Elizabeth Zissos. He graduated from Central High School. Tom joined...

Thomas T. "Tom" Zissos, 82, of Cloquet, Minn., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. He was born April 10, 1925, in Duluth, Minn., to Theodore and Elizabeth Zissos. He graduated from Central High School. Tom joined the United States Navy in 1943 and served with the 5th and 3rd Fleets as a Plank owner on the Destroyer USS BRUSH (DD-745). He took part in the Leyte operation; Luzon-Formosa-China coast-Nansei Shoto strikes; invasion of Iwo Jima and supporting 5th Fleet raids; Okinawa operation including the bombardment of Minami Daito Shima; the invasion of Kyushu; raid on the island of Hokkaido, and an anti-shipping sweep of Tokyo Bay. Tom received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in a Kamikaze attack.

After the war, Tom returned to Duluth where he met his wife of 46 years, Marina. They were married on Sept. 1, 1949. After completing studies at the Duluth Junior College, he worked as a bookkeeper for Bridgeman's and, later, opened several pizza restaurants in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Tom eventually settled in Cloquet where he retired from Potlatch Corporation in 1993. Tom enjoyed curling, golf, bridge, and was a life long member of the Lake Avenue Loafers (LAL).

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marina C. (Kallimanis) Zissos.

Tom is survived by his brother, Nicholas T. Zissos of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sons, George (Leanne), Nicholas and John (Ruthie); five grandchildren, Jason, Elizabeth, Leah, Andrea and Katherine; a great-grandson, Thomas Daniel Klinger; two nephews, Steve and Ted Zissos; a niece, Susan (Dan) Flynn; and a godson, Leon Pappas.

Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 17, from 3-6 p.m. with a Trisagion service at 5 p.m. in the Dougherty Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Duluth. Committal with military honors accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard was at Forest Hill Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St., 218-727-3555.

February 21, 2008

  • Cloquet, Minn.
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