Stewart Taylor Zink, 87, served his nation for more than 29 years

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Stewart Taylor Zink
Stewart Taylor Zink

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Stewart Taylor Zink died peacefully on Nov. 21, 2016, at age 87. Stew was a man of strength, courage and faith.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., he was preceded in death by his parents, Col. David Daniel Zink (USAR) and Virginia Taylor Zink; his brother, David Daniel Zink II; his first wife, Edith (Dee) Pollock Zink; and his second wife, Alice (Polly) Kingston Zink.

Left to cherish his life are his three daughters, Virginia (Ginny) Zink Bush, Katherine Taylor Zink, and Marion (Mimi) Roach, and her husband, Ashley Patterson Roach; brother-in-law, George Paul Kingston, and his wife, Rebecca McCoy Kingston; brother-in-law, Lewis Alexander Pollock; sister-in-law, Alice Pollock Montgomery; niece, Laurie Wilson Zink; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; great-niece and great-nephew; and many dear friends. Mr. Zink (Stew) attended the University of Texas, Austin, was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and received a Master of Science in Engineering from Princeton University.

He served his nation for more than 29 years as a naval officer and aviator, and for an additional 19 years as an engineering consultant supporting the Navy. He taught engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the Naval War College, and served during the Korean War and in Vietnam. At the Naval Air Systems Command, he was assistant director of the Airframes Division, and later director of the GSE Logistics Division. After retirement from the Navy at Ketron Inc., he authored many military standards and specifications for acquisition and logistic support. He also coauthored a handbook for Navy logistics managers, and trained Brazilian Navy personnel at their equivalent of the U.S. Center for Naval Analyses, the Escola de Guerra Naval in Rio de Janeiro. After a second retirement, he continued volunteering with the Red Cross, United Way of Greater Williamsburg and at the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. He loved traveling with family and writing trip logs and short stories, many of which were printed in professional magazines.

Mr. Zink was a member of the Military Order of World Wars, the Society of Logistics Engineers, the Tailhook Association, the Crown Colony Club, and the Kingsmill Yacht Club, where he was the treasurer for 11 years.

A memorial service in Williamsburg and graveside services in Arlington National Cemetery will be held at later dates.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22213; to the Cancer Research Institute, http://www.cancerresearch.org/about; or to your favorite charity.