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Kiro Obetkovski

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Kiro Obetkovski

Monday August 17, 2020

Kiro R. Obetkovski, age 76 of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away on August 17, 2020.  He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Kirche Obetkovski; son-in-law, Riste Minov; parents, Riste and Ancha Obetkovski; brothers, Kiril and Metodija Obetkovski; sisters, Nadezda Obetkovska, Mara (Mile) Cacovski, Trajanka (Kire) Keremelevski, and Jordanka (Boris) Spasevski; brother-in-law Djuro Vasic; parents-in-law, Aleksandar and Dragica Ilievski; brother-in-law Peco (Lence) Ilievski and nephew, Zivko Keremelevski.

Kiro is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Ljubica Obetkovski; his beloved children; his daughter, Julie Minov, and his cherished grandson, Jovan; his daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Ilija Damjanoski; his son, Jovan Obetkovski; his siblings, Cveta Vasic and Josif (Mirjana) Obetkovski; sister-in-law, Ratka Obetkovska; and many nieces, nephews, Numkoj, family, friends, and neighbors.

Kiro was born in the village of Capari, Macedonia on December 10, 1943.  He went to school in Bitola, Macedonia, where he studied to become a teacher.  He left his beloved village and homeland in June of 1962 and arrived in the USA in March of 1963, where he was welcomed by family and began his life in Gary, Indiana.

During his first week in this country, he began to volunteer and participate in his beloved Sts. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church where he was an active member until his passing.  He spent most Sundays at church with his family, serving on many auxiliary boards and was a dedicated choir member since 1963.

He was very active in the soccer community of Northwest Indiana in the 60’s and 70’s, a founding member of the Macedonia Soccer Club in 1966, the Northwest Indiana Soccer League in 1972, and the Gary Tigers (Indiana Tigers) in 1973.

He had a great love and respect for family.  Within the first 10 years he was in the US, he brought his parents, siblings and spouses, and many nieces and nephews to the US.  In 1973 he returned to Capari, Macedonia for the first time and married his wife, Ljubica, the love of his life.  His family grew in number and love with the arrival of his four beloved children, Julie, Kirche, Tanya, and Jovan.  His two loved son-in-laws, Riste and Ilija, and his treasured grandson Jovan.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather to them and was loved and cherished by them.

He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity.  Never saying no to anyone needing help.  He was an old world gentleman who was also young at heart.  He exuded warmth and hospitality to anyone he spoke with or entered his home.  He was known for his famous “skara” and never let anyone leave his home without being well fed.  He was very artistic, with a talent for drawing, poetry, singing, and dancing.  He was a great storyteller, loved to read, and was an expert on Macedonian history - one of his favorite topics of discussion for all who were lucky enough to have had a chance to learn from him.  He was a proud and patriotic Caparchanec, Macedonian, and American. He was loved by all and will be tremendously missed by everyone who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 at SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church, 9660 Broadway, Crown Point at 11am, with Fr Georgij Gligorov and Fr Aleksandar Mitrov officiating. There will be a one hour visitation beginning at 10 am prior to the service. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. May his memory be eternal. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, (219) 736-5840 or

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Friday August 21, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00AM
SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral

9660 Broadway Crown Point IN. 46307 VIEW MAP



Friday August 21, 2020
11:00 AM
SS Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral

9660 Broadway Crown Point, In. 46307 VIEW MAP


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I never met Kire but he was the husband of my cousin Luba. He will always have my heartfelt gratitude for the love and tremendous support that he showed not only to his beautiful and treasured wife but also to all her family. He helped to support his brother in… Read more »

Rev. Jovan & Mrs. Mila Boseovski

Our heartfelt Sympathies and Deepest Condolences in the loss of your loving husband, wonderful father, adoring dedo, great relative, good friend dedicated Macedonian and Church Parishioner KIRE. We grieve for the Obetkovski family and for their Loss.. the tragic passing of KIRE , shortly after the tragic passing of his… Read more »