George Popovich
1933 - 2020
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Popovich, George
1933 - 2020
George R. Popovich, 86, of Gahanna, passed away unexpectedly on July 1, 2020. George was born on July 26, 1933 in Columbus to the late Eli and Anna (Krise) Popovich. In addition to his parents he was preceded by his wife of 46 years, Barbara (Lathey) Popovich in 2003; granddaughter Julie Popovich in 2005; brother Ray "Piv" Popovich; and brother-in-law John Piecoro. He is survived by son Victor (Donna) Popovich, daughters Dena (Gary) Hare, and Lisa Popovich; grandchildren Christie Popovich and Brooke Honeycutt; sister Susie Piecoro; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. A graduate of Linden McKinley HS, George was a 1950 All City halfback. He was drafted into the US Army, was a paratrooper in the 508th Airborne Division, and served during the Korean War. He attended Otterbein University for a time. George was retired first as a brakeman from Pennsylvania RR after 29 years, and then from Columbus Division of Fire as a firefighter and finally as a medic after 34 years of service. A founding member of St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, he was very involved with the community, including being a member of the Serbian National Federation. He never met a stranger and warmly greeted and cared for so many people in his life, which included being a Kum to many. Also, he loved to golf, hunt, and fish. Visitation will be held at SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST, 1051 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna, where masks will be required inside, Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 12-2 and 4-8PM. A private family service will be held at the church on Monday with a public committal service at Mifflin Cemetery, Gahanna at 11:30AM. Fr. Isak Kisin, celebrant. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Ohio State University Alzheimer's Research, or 4 Unit Central Ohio Retired Firefighters. Condolences may be made at www.schoedinger.com.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jul. 3 to Jul. 4, 2020.
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July 9, 2020
We wish to send our deepest condolences to George's family. We will be keeping you in our thoughts. He will be missed.

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July 6, 2020
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July 5, 2020
Vic, Donna, And The Popovich Family,

You Are All In Our Prayers. We Pray that God gives you Peace, Comfort and Strength. Please accept our Condolences.
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Trent and Cora Clark
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July 5, 2020
Victor, Dena, and Lisa - Mom and I are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. I remember your Dad as such a nice man and always smiling. And that mustache! We have nice memories of when our families got together when we were growing up!
Tara Baker Perfect
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July 5, 2020
Sorry to hear of George's passing. My dad Mike worked with and really liked him. We give our condolences. Dino and Mike Melfi
Dino Melfi
Coworker
July 5, 2020
Please accept my condolences . I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the word of God comfort and strengthen you. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
D T
July 5, 2020
very old friend i was born around the corner from them on 9th ave in 1937 they always reminded me of it played football with george. will miss him very much
bernard moretti
Friend
July 4, 2020
I worked with George at Columbus Fire Station 27. Even when we responded to emergencies in the middle of the night, his handlebar moustache was perfectly groomed for the occasion.He must have slept on his back all night to keep it perfect. What a super guy he was.
Randy Spaeth
Coworker
July 4, 2020
George was a mentor to many and a friend to all.

God bless you Popo.
Todd Bagent and Family
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July 4, 2020
Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. I know from talking with you and sharing stories - your Dad was a very special man. Hold onto those good memories. I am sending love and prayers for you and your family.
Sally Trivanovich
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July 4, 2020
WE WILL ALL MISS U GEORGE. THANKS FOR BEING SUCH A GREAT FRIEND TO THE CLARKIE FAMILY. GOD BLESS GEORGE AND HIS FAMILY. CARL CLARK JR.
Carl Clark Jr
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July 4, 2020
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Nevena Micovic
July 4, 2020
Victor, Dena, Lisa and all our kumoviwe share your sadness now and are grateful for the many, many good times we shared with our dear kum George, who was truly like a member of our Matejic family. He will be missed. He will be remembered. May his memory be eternal. May you receive solace knowing you are loved.
Predrag, Tatyana, and family
Predrag Matejic
Family
July 3, 2020
Deana, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Dawn ward
Friend
July 3, 2020
I was blessed to work with George on the railroad for a few years before he talked me into taking the test for the Fire Department. He was a mentor to me once I was hired there. I always thanked him each time we met for his good advice. His kindness will always be remembered. Rest In Peace, friend.✝
Bob Steele
Bob Steele
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July 3, 2020
thinking of you Dena.
Patti
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