Nick Isaac Zobenica

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  • Name: Nick Isaac Zobenica
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 18, 1924
  • Date of Death: September 29, 2016 (91 years old)
  • Parents: Isaac Zobenica and Anica (Dimich) Zobenica
  • High School and Class: 1946 - GED from Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Military Highlights:
    Nick was a proud member of the Marine Corps 4th Raider Battalion. He was wounded in Guam and Okinawa while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Nick was the youngest child of Isaac and Anica's seven children.

    He left school early to join the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

    Upon his honorable discharge, Nick received his GED from Greenway High School in 1946.

    Nick was united in marriage to Dessie Popovich on June 23, 1956, at St. Basil's Orthodox Church in Chisholm, Minnesota.

    He and Dessie made their home in Chisholm, and Nick worked for Minnesota Power, first as a lineman, then in maintenance and construction. He retired as area manager.

    Nick was a member of Hematite Lodge #274, where he was a Past Worshipful Master and recipient of the Hiram Award. He was also a member of St. Basil's Orthodox Church where he sang in the church choir for many years. Nick was known as "the Singing Marine" across the Iron Range, where he sang at numerous events, including singing to Governor Tim Pawlenty at the Chisholm Bakery in Chisholm, Minnesota. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

    Nick was preceded in death by his parents and by six siblings, Mildred Anderson, Milan Zobenica, Priscilla Smunovich, Dora Johnson, Viola Cyronek, and Dorothy Zobenica.

    He is survived by his wife, Dessie, a daughter, Dawn (Jim) Lund; a son, Steven; a granddaughter, Deena Lund; a brother-in-law, Nick Popovich; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

    Nick is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota (Serbian Section).

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