Kevin Reed Zelik passed away suddenly on June 23rd. Kevin, beloved son of Joe and Linda Zelik, recently moved back to his home town of Torrance, CA after graduating in May with his BA degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. A son, brother and friend who was loved by all who knew him. He graduated from West High in 2004 and was active in theater there. The 24 year old was an environmentalist who loved the earth with all its living creatures. Kevin shared his joy of life by volunteering at an animal shelter in Hawaii. He had recently accepted a job in which he would be working as a civilian on a military base in Iraq. Kevin had many interests that he loved, including acting, hiking, scuba diving, movies, music, funny t-shirts, and time with his friends.He is survived by his parents, Joe and Linda Zelik of Torrance and sister, Jeanine Zelik, currently of Las Vegas, Nevada. There will be a viewing and time to share memories at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday, June 30th. The Graveside Service will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park Cemetery July 1st at 11:00 AM. Memorial services to be held July 1st at 1:30 PM at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd with reception following.

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  1. Dear Joe and Linda: Our hearts go out to you at this terrible time. We love you Claudia, Gloria and R Paul St Amand

  2. Kevin was such an amazing person and a great friend. He will be missed by all. We love you Kevin.

  3. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know what it’s like to lose a son in the prime of his life.God bless ya’ll.

  4. Dearest Linda, Joe and Jeanine: Patty called us to tell us about the devastating news. Our deepest, deepest sympathy. We will always remember Kevin as the little boy playing at the retreats in Arrowhead so many years ago. Our hearts go out to you and our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

  5. My deepest condolences for your loss. I wish there was some comfort I could impart at this desolate time. My family and I can only offer our deepest sympathy and hope God give you the strength to endure this tragedy.

  6. We are very sad to hear of this terrible loss to your family. Please accept our condolences in the loss of your son. We are praying for you and grieve with you. Al and Dana Basiulis

  7. Dear Linda and Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. God bless you and give you strength at this very difficult time..

  8. My heart goes out to your family; words can not express how I feel for the three of you. Kevin had a loving family as he stated in his thank you card to you both and you will cherish the memories that you have of him. He was a wonderful young man and one that you will always be proud of. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. Love and Hugs to you

  9. Linda, Joe, and Jeanine, I was stunned by the news of the loss of your son/brother. I find it difficult to find the right words in hopes of expressing my deep sadness for you. I am so sorry for your sudden loss. I know you are people of faith and through your faith, I hope you will find some measure of peace and comfort. Please know you are in our thoughts and hearts every day. Love, Rick and Andrea Hulshoff

  10. To The Zelik Family, It was with a sad heart that we heard the news of Kevin’s passing. We first met Kevin when he and our daughter Kristen were in pre-k together at Anza Elementary. I think Kevin was her best friend that school year. We have many happy memories of the times they spent together at our house or yours. Kevin was such a sweet, caring boy and he made Kristen’s first year at school a happy one. They then lost touch an reconnected briefly when they met in 6th grade at a Co-Rec Dance. Kristen called us to break the news and wanted to send her condolences also. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susie, Bill, Kristen, and Matt Cochrane

  11. Kevin was my student at West High School and I want his family to know how well we remember him there. I have so many memories of him in Spanish Class . I remember how proud he was of achieving his Eagle Scout. My prayers go to your family. Elizabeth Szucs

  12. Joe and Linda: we were shocked to hear of your loss. We extend our deepest sympathies. Kevin, as well as you two, will be in our prayers.

  13. Dear Joe and Linda and the Zelik family, I don’t know that we have ever met but I am one of your many Scherer cousins on the East coast. My dad, Ray, was Dee Zelik’s first cousin. I was happy to see Dee and Ed again at the family reunion in June. I am so very sorry that Kevin had to leave you so soon and that you have to bear this enormous loss. I’ll be praying for him as well as you and your family.

  14. Dear Linda, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. During my visits to your office we often spoke about our families. I remember you speaking about your son and daughter. During these conversations I could see that you and your husband were very loving and supportive parents. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones. May God bless you and help you thru this difficult time.

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