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Dragan Vukovich

1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dragan Vukovich Obituary
Vukovich, Dragan
1927 - 2017
Dragan "Vuk" Vukovich, passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with our Lord on September 1, 2017 at the age of 89 at Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. Dragan was born in the village of Golubic, Knin in the former Yugoslavia on October 3, 1927 to Milica "Mika" and Dusan Vukovich. On November 29, 1949 at the age of 22, he boarded the USAT General Harry Taylor in Bremerhaven, West Germany in search of a new life in America. On December 10, 1949, he arrived at Ellis Island, NY. Sponsored by his Aunt and Uncle, Dragan arrived here with nothing more that the shirt on his back and spoke no English yet found a job with the Wilson Floors Company and remained there for 42 loyal years. He worked very hard to provide a good life for his family for which we are eternally grateful. He loved what he did. On August 17, 1956, he married Nancy Evans and together they had 3 children, Diane Lynn, Carol Ann, and David Scott. Dragan was one of the original founders of his church, St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus, OH in 1967 and was a proud Serb. He along with a handful of others built the church with their own hands. He was a member of Serb National Federation Lodge 231 and Ohio Carpenters Union Local 200. He was an avid self-taught photographer; and learned to develop and process his own work. Several years later after conquering photography, he dove headfirst into computers and mastered that. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. Dragan is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy Vukovich (née Evans); his daughter, Diane (Joe) Vance of Gahanna, OH; son, David Vukovich of Easton, PA; grandson, Joe (Lydia) Vance of Worthington, OH; granddaughter, Christie (Nick) Brown of Delaware, OH; granddaughter, Kait Vukovich of Mt. Gilead, OH; great grandchildren, Eli and Emma Brown; best friend and fishing companion for over 60 years, The Very Reverend Father Mateja Matejic. He is also survived by his faithful canine companion, Vukie along with many cousins, relatives, in-laws and friends. He is proceeded in death by his grandfather, Pajkan; parents, Dusan and Milica; brother, Milan; sister, Dragica; nephew, Milan and infant daughter Carol Ann. Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High Street, Worthington where the Pomen Service will be held at 7:30 pm. Funeral Service 10:00 am Thursday, September 7, 2017 at St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, 1840 North Cassidy Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, 1840 North Cassady Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219 or Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214 in memory of Dragan. The family would like to thank our church, Father Isak Kisin and Popdija Dejana, The Circle of Serbian Sisters, Our Kumovi, the Matejic Family and staff at Kobacker House for all of their support during our time of sorrow. Online condolences: www.RutherfordFuneralHome.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 5, 2017
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