Slavoljub (Edward) Putnik, was born on May 18, 1916 in Pancevo Yugoslavia to Zivan and Zorka (nee Novakov) Putnik. He was the second of four siblings. His two brothers (predeceased) were Hranislav and Milan. A sister, Vera, survives him. Slavoljub attended the Yugoslav Military Academy School beginning at age 12. He was commissioned after completing his schooling, but was captured by the invading Germans in 1939. Slavoljub ended up in the German prison of war camp in Hammelburg until it was liberated in 1945.
After the Second World War, Slavoljub immigrated to the United States with his good friend Ljubodrag Jankovich. They ended up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, working in the dry cleaning business. After a year Slavoljub enlisted in the United States Army, and spent a year in West Germany. His second year in the Army was spent in Monterey, California as a language instructor.
Slavoljub was discharged in 1952 and he came to live in Chicago with Hranislav and his sister-in-law Clara. He entered the Illinois Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating he worked for several companies, and eventually moved to Washington D.C. to work at the headquarters of the United Postal Service. Slavoljub lived in Washington D.C. until his death on August 16, 2002.
Slavoljub is survived by his sister Vera Milosavljevich (Jovan), sisters-in-law Sonja Putnik (Milan) and Clara Putnik (Hranislav), nieces Vera Finnerty (John), Susanne Davis (Kent), Zeljka Nahmijas (Goran), Lilja Stiepovic (Slavoljub), nephew Micha Milosavljevich, several great nephews and nieces, and numerous friends including Ljubodrag and Truda Jankovich, Gertrude Palisek, Dorothy Ballinger-Harrington, Betty Voll, Karen Miller and children, and Betty Smith and children.
Opelo (funeral service) took place on Tuesday, August 27 at 11:00 a.m. at New Gracanica Monastery. Internment at the Most Holy Mother of God Cemetery.
This death notice will always remain on the Internet as the everlasting remembrance of Slavoljub (Edward) Putnik.
For detailed information please contact: SVETA GORA FUNERAL HOME, Chicago, tel 773-588-2200.
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