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Milan Djukic

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Milan Djukic

January 13, 2022

On 1/13/2022, Milan Djukic died peacefully at his home in Crown Point, IN at the age of 97 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 76 years, Andjelija “Andja” Djukic, who passed on 12/31/2021. Milan is survived by his children, Dusan “Dan” (Vera) Djukic, Milena Phoenix “Millie” Djukic, and John (Teresa) Djukic; his grandchildren, Ted (Jenny) Polovina, Matthew (Rebecca) Djukic, Ksenija Djukic, Rachel (Greg) Harter, Marko (Emily) Djukic, Natasa (Tom) Van Grinsven, and Audrey (Andy Rice) Djukic; great grandchildren, Milan, Stefan, Mila, Abby, Tessa and Jett; his niece, Ljiljana (Nezir) Fazlic; his half-sister, Ojdana, and many nieces, nephews, kumovi and extended family members. Milan was preceded in death by his parents, Vaso and Stana Djukic and his brothers, Djuro, Lazar, Jovan and Dusan Debelica. Milan was born on September 20, 1924 in Biskupija, in Dalmacija, the former Yugoslavia (Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes). He left his home and family in 1941 to join the brave men and women of the Cetnik Freedom Fighters, who courageously fought not only the Nazi occupiers but also the Communists and the Fascists who had overrun his home country and ignited a civil war. At the conclusion of the war, Milan, Andja and their eldest children, Dusan and Milena, resettled in the United States and became active members of the Serbian American community in Gary, Indiana. Milan was an honorable man who was humble about his many accomplishments in life. He was a highly respected millwright at US Steel Gary Works and worked his entire career in the United States in the steel industry. However, few knew that Milan won numerous awards and recognitions for his patented inventions that contributed to increased safety and productivity at US Steel, despite his lack of formal education. He was a gifted speaker who communicated his passion, knowledge and experience on many different topics to diverse audiences through his leadership roles in several local, national and international organizations. As the Executive Vice President of the International Cetnik Organization, Milan was instrumental in preserving the history and maintaining the legacy of the Cetnik movement across the world. He was a proud Serbian Orthodox Christian man and a founder of the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral community in Merrillville IN. Milan was awarded the St Sava Medal for Lifelong Service to the Serbian Orthodox Church by the head of the church, Patriarch Irinej. He deeply loved his wife, his family, his peers and friends, his church community and his country, often going above and beyond to help others without taking credit for his actions. He was beloved by many and he will be deeply missed. Due to Covid concerns, the funeral and burial will be private with only immediate family members in attendance. There will be no public viewing or visitation. The family will reassess the Covid situation at the mark of the 40-day parastos, and if safe to gather, will open the parastos and memorial luncheon which follows to all who wish to attend. The family asks that all memorial donations made in Milan’s name be directed to the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.

For further information please contact Mileva at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 688-5311

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7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410  VIEW MAP

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Milan Djukic

January 13, 2021

On 1/13/2022, Milan Djukic died peacefully at his home in Crown Point, IN at the age of 97 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 76 years, Andjelija “Andja” Djukic, who passed on 12/31/2021. Milan is survived by his children, Dusan “Dan” (Vera) Djukic, Milena Phoenix “Millie” Djukic, and John (Teresa) Djukic; his grandchildren, Ted (Jenny) Polovina, Matthew (Rebecca) Djukic, Ksenija Djukic, Rachel (Greg) Harter, Marko (Emily) Djukic, Natasa (Tom) Van Grinsven, and Audrey (Andy Rice) Djukic; great grandchildren, Milan, Stefan, Mila, Abby, Tessa and Jett; his niece, Ljiljana (Nezir) Fazlic; his half-sister, Ojdana, and many nieces, nephews, kumovi and extended family members. Milan was preceded in death by his parents, Vaso and Stana Djukic and his brothers, Djuro, Lazar, Jovan and Dusan Debelica. Milan was born on September 20, 1924 in Biskupija, in Dalmacija, the former Yugoslavia (Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes). He left his home and family in 1941 to join the brave men and women of the Cetnik Freedom Fighters, who courageously fought not only the Nazi occupiers but also the Communists and the Fascists who had overrun his home country and ignited a civil war. At the conclusion of the war, Milan, Andja and their eldest children, Dusan and Milena, resettled in the United States and became active members of the Serbian American community in Gary, Indiana. Milan was an honorable man who was humble about his many accomplishments in life. He was a highly respected millwright at US Steel Gary Works and worked his entire career in the United States in the steel industry. However, few knew that Milan won numerous awards and recognitions for his patented inventions that contributed to increased safety and productivity at US Steel, despite his lack of formal education. He was a gifted speaker who communicated his passion, knowledge, and experience on many different topics to diverse audiences through his leadership roles in several local, national and international organizations. As the Executive Vice President of the International Cetnik Organization, Milan was instrumental in preserving the history and maintaining the legacy of the Cetnik movement across the world. He was a proud Serbian Orthodox Christian man and a founder of the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral community in Merrillville IN. Milan was awarded the St Sava Medal for Lifelong Service to the Serbian Orthodox Church by the head of the church, Patriarch Irinej. He deeply loved his wife, his family, his peers and friends, his church community and his country, often going above and beyond to help others without taking credit for his actions. He was beloved by many and he will be deeply missed. Due to Covid concerns, the funeral and burial will be private with only immediate family members in attendance. There will be no public viewing or visitation. The family will reassess the Covid situation at the mark of the 40-day parastos, and if safe to gather, will open the parastos and memorial luncheon which follows to all who wish to attend. The family asks that all memorial donations made in Milan’s name be directed to the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.

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Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410  VIEW MAP

T 219-736-5840
F 219-685-5128


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