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Milan Kajganich

Milan Kajganich passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020 at his home in Sheffield Village surrounded by his loving family.  He was 88 years old.

He was born July 17, 1931 in Lorain, moving to Sheffield Village in 1956.  He was a graduate of Lorain High School, Ortner’s Commercial Flight School and attended Lorain County Community College.

He worked as Assistant Superintendent at H.A. Stein, Inc. in Cleveland and Lorain, and then for USS/Kobe Steel in Lorain as a Shift Manager in Mobile Equipment Repair, retiring in 1995 after 26 years with the company.  He returned to work as Plant Manager and Consultant for MilTec Resources’ Lorain Plant for five additional years.  In retirement, Milan enjoyed making mischief for his wife.

Milan served in the U.S. Army in occupied Japan and then on the front lines of the Korean War in the 7th Infantry Division, 32nd Infantry Regiment.  He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, U.N. Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and a U.S. Presidential Unit Citation.  He also served as Cadre for Armor Officers Candidate School at Fort Knox, KY.

He was an aviation enthusiast, exceptional model builder and a private pilot.  Milan was a member of the International Plastic Modelers’ Society for 40 years, the U.S. Air Force Museum Friends Program, as well as the U.S.S. Management Club and the N.R.A.  He helped found “First Down”, a Down Syndrome resource group as was a long-time supporter of the Special Olympics.

He was a life-long member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Lorain.

He is survived by his sons, Steve of Boston, MA and David of Los Angeles, CA; daughters, Lori (Dennis) Govich of Elyria, Lisa Hawn of Lorain and Diane of Sheffield Village; as well as grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Darlene (nee Martincin); his parents, Stojan and Mildred; a sister, Katherine Stutzman; and a brother, Steve.

Funeral service will be private.  The Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain is handling the arrangements.  To send online condolences go to www.dovinfcs.com.

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To the Kajganich family,
I was saddened to hear of Milan's passing. As a youngster I remember him as a great neighbor who took pride in everything he did. As a young man I remember interacting with him at the steel mill. He always conducted himself with integrity and professionalism. As a father his kindness to my children during trick or treat, inviting us in to view all his models and sharing his insightful knowledge was truly a treat.
Our sincere condolences. God's blessings to you.
Mike Griffith and family

Mike Griffiith Jan 11 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Papa, I will miss you VERY, VERY much. Please say "Hello" to Grandma for me.

Marko Love Jan 11 2020 12:00 AM

Lori, So sad to hear of your dad's passing. Sending love and sincere sympathies. We love you. Lis and Milo

Elissa Coso Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

Milan was my beloved Father-In-Law, and my last Dad. His passion for attending Gun Shows, based on his craft of being an armorer during the Korean War, while in the U.S. Army, was transferred to me. He taught me the "ins" and "outs" of firearms, and ensured that I learned his "Serbian Discount" ideology. I would always threaten him with moving in with his daughter, Lori, and I. He would always respond, in NO uncertain terms, in colorful "Steelworker" language, on just how WRONG I was !!! He will be truly missed by all who knew him. He now joins his darling bride, Darlene, in Eternal Life... We love you and will miss you, Grandpa !!!

Dennis Govich Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM