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Milan (Savanovich) Savan

1935 - 2016
Milan (Savanovich) Savan Obituary
Milan (Savanovich) Savan 1935-2016
On the morning of Dec. 16, 2016, Milan passed away after a two year battle with cancer at his home at First Community Village in Columbus, Ohio. Milan was 81 years old. Milan was born on July 18, 1935 in Mansfield, Ohio. He was the second son of Albert (Obrad) Savanovich and Zora Savanovich (Vuckovich). Milan grew up in Crestline, Ohio as a third baseman, cemetery worker, and Cleveland Indian fan. At age 18 he enlisted in the Air National Guard and ventured to Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo. where he trained and served as a photographer and camera repairman. Following his military service he became the first member of his family to attend college by enrolling at The Ohio State University. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors degree in 1960. Later in life he would earn an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in Management from The Union Institute.
Following a corporate career at Ohio Bell, the Hoover Company, and Westfield Insurance, Milan would find his true passion in life as a Professor of Business at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. He would teach at Walsh for a total of 27 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus. He served on the University's Board of Trustees from 1992-1995. After his retirement he re-kindled his military involvement as a volunteer at the MAPS Air Museum in Canton where he lead tours and drank copious amounts of coffee. Milan became a fixture at his grandsons' ice hockey games. Sporting his trademark bright yellow coat (“so you can find me in the stands”) he never failed to ignore his grandsons' mistakes and exaggerate their achievements – drawing on a set of skills that he developed with his own children.
Milan was an educator at heart. He taught management policy to several generations of students at Walsh; taught his daughter to have a passion for learning and to always follow her dreams; and taught his son to swing a baseball bat with a slight uppercut and to avoid taxable distributions.
Milan is proceeded in death by his brother, George Albert Savanovich and is survived by his children, Cheryl Lynn Savan, and Mark Savan; his grandchildren, Steven Savan and Brenton Savan; his daughter-in-law, Shelly Renee Savan (Davis); his son-in-law, Clay Kasow; and his wife, Carole Ann Savan (McKie).
A celebration of Milan's life will be held on Friday, Dec. 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the MAPS Air Museum at 2260 International Parkway, North Canton, OH 44720. In lieu of flowers, please send donations via check to the MAPS Air Museum and indicate that they are in tribute to Milan. Milan's family would like to thank the staffs at The Ohio State University's James Cancer Center and at First Community Village for the care and compassion that they provided to him during last years of his life. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory of Milan.
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Published in The Repository from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2016
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