George Damjanovich

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  • Name: George Damjanovich
  • Location of Birth: Keewatin, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 12, 1926
  • Date of Death: March 17, 2008 (81 years old)
  • Parents: Theodore and Anna Damjanovich
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  • College: Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: TEC 4 (Technical 4)
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    World War II

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    Picture: Keewatin VFW Claims Five Brothers
    The Keewatin VFW post is probably one of the few in Minnesota that can lay claim to having five brothers as members. The Damjanovich brothers, left to right, are John, a Cleveland Cliffs employee; Mike, Morton welder; Tom, Perry-Carlz, crane operator; Nick, Perry-Carlz electrician, and George, an Aurora carpenter.

    Teodor (Theodore) and Ann (Anna) Damjanovich welcomed the birth of triplets George, Nick, and Violet into their family in Keewatin, Minnesota on November 12, 1926.

    George was united in marriage to Beverly Chaurand on January 13, 1951 in Keewatin, Minnesota.

    In the fall of 1951, George enrolled in the carpentry program at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    When he completed his schooling, George worked in a variety of jobs, retiring as a maintenance mechanic from Eveleth Taconite. In addition to his work at the mine, carpentry and woodworking were always a profession and hobby for him. George built homes for his brothers, and houses, cabins, sheds, and garages for many others. His woodcrafts became gifts for friends and his specialty was making diamond willow canes.

    George loved Keewatin and was involved with many community projects and events. He had served on the Keewatin City Council, the Nashwauk-Keewatin School Board for twelve years, the Keewatin Centennial Memory Book Committee, and had been the assessor for Itasca County. He was a member of the American Legion Post 452 and the Pribonich-Belancic VFW Post 5516 of Keewatin, Minnesota, the Keewatin Men's Club, USWA Local 6860, and Congregation of the Good Shepherd Church in Keewatin, Minnesota.

    Most of all, George enjoyed entertaining family and friends at his lake cabin.

    He is survived by his wife, Beverly; a daughter, Lori Beron; two sons, Paul (Roberta) Damyan and Tom (Donna) Damjanovich; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    George was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Mary Koski and Violet Bird; and brothers, Mike, Tom, John, Peter, and Nick.

    George died at his home and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery at Hibbing, Minnesota. There is no photo of his grave marker available at this time. (Block 4, Lot 247, GR 3 W 1/2)

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