HANCOCK - Walter J. Yankovich, 91, a longtime resident of Hancock, died at PortagePointe on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
He was born in Houghton, Sept. 26, 1920, to the late Edward N. and Anna (Haller) Yankovich, attending local schools.
During WWII, Walter served in the U.S. Army in the 68th tank battalion in central Europe and Germany. He returned home to marry Theresa Marie Kolka, the only love of his life, on May 21, 1949.
He was employed for several years by the Atlas Powder Company, Stevenson Chevrolet-Olds and Arens Fuel. He later went to work at Pettibone in Baraga until he retired in 1982.
Walter was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock.
He enjoyed sports and was a bowler and baseball player in his younger years. He was a Detroit Red Wings fan. He enjoyed planting flowers around the house with his wife.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed and Michael Yankovich; and three sisters, Margaret Hill, Genevieve Gedda and Florence LaTendresse.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa of Hancock; a son, James (Laurel) Yankovich of Chassell; a granddaughter, Jonnelle Yankovich of Chassell; by many nieces and nephews; and two pet cats, Paws and Blue.
Funeral arrangements are private and will be held in the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock with Fr. Brian Gerber to officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.
There will be no public visitation.
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