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Vojislav “Voja/Vic” Miletic, 95, of Oak Forest, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 16th at Palos Community Hospital. He is the beloved husband and best friend of 72 years to the late Irene Miletic, who passed away in June of this year. Vic is survived by his devoted sons, Michael (Elizabeth “Joy”) and Peter Miletic; Cherished grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda, and Noah Miletic; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mira, and brother, Dragoslav.
Vojislav was born on August 22, 1926 to Radulka and Ljubomir Miletic in Kraljevo, Yugoslavia. When he was only a boy, his father was tragically killed in a train accident. As young men, and during World War II, Vojislav and his brother both enlisted in the armed services. He was severely injured by gunshot wounds during a battle but managed to fully recover. While he was stationed in Germany and after the war ended, Vojislav met Irene. After a brief courtship, Voja asked Irene’s mother for her hand in marriage. Within a few years, he and Irene decided to travel to the United States searching for adventure and a better life. They moved to the Chicago area where Voja’s mother, step-father, and brother were already living, to look for work and to start a family. Vic found a job as a machinist, then was trained as a diesel truck mechanic, eventually become an expert at completely rebuilding diesel engines. His strong work ethic motivated him to work six days per week and he was an excellent provider for his family. Vic worked for Mack Trucking, Municipal Paving and Adcock Paving Company.
Irene and Vic took great pride in their home. Since Irene adored plants and had such a green thumb, she and Vic spent many hours outdoors lovingly maintaining the home’s landscape. In later years, he enjoyed sitting out on the back patio watching the birds, squirrels, and rabbits feeding in the yard. Vic was a loyal Chicago sports fan, and he watched many of the Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks games on TV. For most of his life, he was a strong, active, and very healthy man. Fishing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, working out at the gym, and rollerblading were some of his favorite pastimes. Everything that Vic enjoyed, he considered as being “the best,” and that included where the family went on vacations. They traveled to Wisconsin usually for two weeks each summer. Extended family would meet them there and they all had a wonderful time boating, fishing, and sitting by the campfire. The family also learned to ski in Wisconsin and eventually there were family skiing trips to Colorado. Each winter and for several years after his retirement, Vic and Irene drove their RV out west (mainly to Arizona), bringing their pet dog along on their travels where they also made some good friends. At the RV parks, Vic enjoyed fishing in the lake, while Irene enjoyed swimming in the pool. Vic lived a very long and full life and has left a void for the rest of his family that cannot be filled.
In keeping with his wishes, funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Vojislav Miletic, to the following: PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence message at www.midwestmortuary.com Arrangements entrusted to Midwest Mortuary Service, Mokena. Info. (708) 478-3546
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