KARAGEORGE, GEORGE DIMITRI, 92, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Episcopal Church Home.
He was born October 12, 1921 in the mountainous village of Vinianni, Greece and immigrated to the United States at age 21 with $8 in his pocket and the dream of starting a business and a family.
Upon arrival to the United States, he attended Shircliff College in Illinois before joining the military. He served in the United States Air Force
as an aircraft crew chief during World War II
. On June 20, 1949, he married the former Vasiliki "Betty" Deligiannis and located to the Louisville area in 1950. While starting his own family, he adopted his two orphaned nephews, James and George Karros. Early on, he worked as a professional sports promoter. He subsequently owned a variety of establishments through the years including the Dagwood Restaurant, Zodiac Nightclub, Union Restaurant, Brussels Restaurant and the Branding Iron.
Upon retirement from the restaurant business, he dedicated himself to the study of Orthodoxy. He was a member of St. Michael Orthodox Church and Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. He was recently honored as a 60 year member of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) and was a member of the Boaz Masonic Lodge #850.
He will be remembered as a connoisseur of good food, for his hospitality and his love of family and Greek dance.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dimitrios and Alexandra (Billios) Karageorge; his brother, Spiro Karros; a sister, Maria Fakonas, nephew, George Karros and his wife, Vasiliki "Betty" (Deligiannis) Karageorge.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his four children, Thomas Karageorge, Dr. Alexis Karageorge (Richard Buono),Rhonda Karageorge and Dimitri Karageorge (Athena). and five grandchildren, Kalista Buono and Giorgo, Argyri, Petro and Pavlo Karageorge.
Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2013 at Ratterman Funeral Home 3800 Bardstown Road from 4-8p.m. with Trisagion Services at 7:30p.m. Funeral will be Saturday, December 28, 2013, 10a.m. at St. Michael Orthodox Church (corner of Hikes Lane and Furman Boulevard), Louisville, with burial to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Orthodox Church, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church or the