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June 17, 2014

George Knezevich Jr.

TERRE HAUTE — George Knezevich Jr., 83, of Terre Haute, passed away at Union Hospital on June 17, 2014. He was born April 29, 1931, in Clinton. He was the son of George Knezevich and Yvonne Wailly. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Margaret (Peg) Knezevich; his parents; brother, Billy Gilbert; and sister, Sandra Jean Snow.

He was a devoted and loving father to George P. Knezevich and wife Ellen, Delight A. Allen, Diann M. Sekerak, Garri M. Knezevich, Denise R. Knezevich, Dollie M.  Underwood and husband Dave, and Gene F. Knezevich; also survived by several grandchildren, Matt J. Knezevich, Luke Knezevich, Richard Allen, Laurelei Allen, Jennie Darling, Sam Underwood, Clayton Underwood, Andrea Aleshire, Blake Knezevich, Brandon Knezevich and Bailey Knezevich; five great-grandchildren, Gabriel Allen, Caleb Darling, Christian Darling, Amueri Knezevich, and Nadali Knezevich; brother, Ron Gilbert; several nieces and nephews; and loving companion over the past few years, Iantha Adams.

He graduated from Gerstmeyer Tech High School in 1949. George served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 in the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart.  He was an employee and manager of Clark Wholesale Florist for more than 45 years. He also was the proprietor of George’s Flower Farm. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish since 1951, and was involved in several activities in years past. He was a member and past president of the Athletic Booster Club, and coached football and basketball for more than 25 years. Many children that he coached and mentored are now community leaders. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972, and American Legion Post 104, and a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Colum-bus. George was the recipient of Heze Clark Award from Rose Hulman and the St. John Boscoe Medal in 1972, along with many other awards for his service in the commun-ity. On Dec. 12, 1986, the mayor of Terre Haute signed a Mayoral Proclamation as George Knezevich Junior Day. George loved everyone and he was loved by everyone. He didn’t know a stranger. He had a heart of gold and made many life-long friends from Sacred Heart Parish, Friends Forever, and other organizations within the commun-ity. He had a good life. He enjoyed traveling, outdoors, gardening, family, and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 19, 2014, at DeBaun Funeral Homes, Wabash Avenue Chapel, 2425 Wabash Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary being said at 7:30 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus, with a special prayer following. There will also be a visitation at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 2322 N, 13th St., on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. until mass at 11 a.m. There will be a graveside service at Calvary Cemetery following the mass with military honors. Online condolences can be made at:

www.debaunfuneralhomes.com

 

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