Col. William Pisaruck, flew in 3 wars


Retired Air Force Col. William Pisaruck, a Baltimore native who saw action in three wars, died June 2 of cancer in an Arkansas hospital.

He was 70 and lived in Hot Springs, Ark.

After graduating from Patterson Park High School in 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces. He was commissioned and received his wings after pilot training and was a bomber pilot until the end of World War II.

Colonel Pisaruck logged more than 11,000 hours flying missions in World War II and in Korea and Vietnam.

"He considered himself lucky because he served in three wars," said Jo Pisaruck, his wife.

"He was really patriotic and he loved doing something for his country."

The Pisarucks met and married while they were serving in the Korean War. Mrs. Pisaruck was a Navy flight nurse.

Colonel Pisaruck retired in 1974 as deputy commander of the Eastern Area Military Traffic Management and Terminal Service in New York City and moved to Hot Springs.

During retirement, he was a member of the airport commission, the Lion's Club, the Belvedere Country Club and Men's Golf Association, and he was a charter member of the Garland County Seniors Golf Association.

Although Colonel Pisaruck settled in Arkansas, his daughter, Kathleen Provance of Baltimore, said that he frequently visited Maryland.

"He loved crabs, the waves of Ocean City and the Preakness," she said.

He was buried with full military honors on June 7 at the National Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark.

A memorial service is to be conducted at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church on East Fairmount Avenue in Baltimore.

In addition to his wife of 40 years and his daughter, Colonel Pisaruck is survived by two sons, Bill J. Pisaruck of San Francisco and Michael Pisaruck of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Lillian Karpook of Ocean City; a brother, Joe Kirschnick of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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