ELKHART — Milan “Mile” Vukosavljevic, 92, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, July 26, in his home surrounded by family.
Milan was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Drljace, Yugoslavia, to Dusan and Ana (Saponja) Vukosavljevic.
He married Renate Simmat of Solingen, Germany, on Jan.20, 1962.
She survives along with five children, Ann (Doug) Schultz of Dublin, Ohio, Jim (Lisa) Rhoads of Wabash, Angela Roll of Elkhart, Daniela (Rolando) Ortiz of Goshen and Marianne (Ken) Gingerich of Middlebury; eight grandchildren, Jeff, Amber, Griffin, Landon, Eric, Madison, Alaina and Nick; five great-grandchildren, Amaya, Aidyn, Grant, Anderson and Kate; and his brother-in-law, Janko Zmijanac of Serbia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Sara and Slavka; and a brother, Mirko.
Milan was a World War II veteran. He immigrated to the U.S. on the ship, USS United States, from Hamburg, Germany, to New York, and then by train to Elkhart with his first wife, Hannelore, daughter Ann, and carrying son Jim. Milan proudly gained his U.S. citizenship Feb. 18, 1970, in South Bend.
He retired from Federal Paper Board in 1974 after 18 years. He was an avid outdoor sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and teaching those skills to his children and grandchildren. Milan enjoyed bringing his family together each fall to make wine in the “old world” way. He loved gardening and tending to his little orchard he created.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. Private graveside services will be Friday, Aug. 1, in Prairie Street Cemetery. Pastor Jose Ortiz will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Elkhart County Humane Society.