John George Pocrnich

Born: Fri., Apr. 23, 1926
Died: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 07, 2017
Location: Dougherty Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Oct. 07, 2017
Location: Dougherty Funeral Home

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John G. Pocrnich (Potsie)

John G, Pocrnich,  91, died October 2, 2017 at Lustila Alternative Senior Living in Hibbing, MN.  Potsie was born on April 23, 1926 in the location of Carson Lake, MN. When the mining company expanded the mine into Carson Lake Location the family moved to Leetonia where he resided until September 2017. His parents, Joseph and Francis (Hecimovich) Pocrnich came to the US from Perusic Croatia.

Potsie served in the US Army during WWII. He was in the Rainbow Division and involved in the liberation of Dachau in April 1945.

He worked on the ore boats and had some great tales of his experience to tell. He also worked at Hanna Mining Company as a vulcanizer. He retired in 1988 and soon after Pots and his brother Anton and two nieces took a trip to Croatia. They visited the family homestead. They even found some long lost cousins!

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and 4-wheeling and anything outdoors. He spent time traveling to the various casinos on the Iron Range. He especially enjoyed making pancakes and sarmas and brownies for family events. He loved spending time with his many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Mandy Polich, Anna Madeoy, Michael Pocrnich, Eva Kanipes and Anton Pocrnich. He is survived by two sisters-in-law: Patricia Pocrnich and Charlotte Pocrnich and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Dougherty Funeral Home on: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with
the Rev. Fr. Frank Perkovich officiating. Visitation beginning at 1:00 pm.

Burial will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery with full military honors accorded by Mid-Range Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to Mid-Range Honor Guard, P. O. Box 495, Keewatin, MN  55753

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Nancy Prince Doar
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Pots was a thoughtful, fun, caring, nice guy! I have so many great memories of Pots. He was always so good to us Prince kids. Many trips to the Dairy Queen and Bridgeman's for ice cream when we were young, many trips to the farm to see horses and sheep and other farm animals. I remember the candy drawer at Pots's house too. Many fun memories of deer hunting at Balsam Lake, cutting ice, cutting wood, and 4-wheeling. I remember he loved feeding the birds too. I'm very grateful he was in our lives.

carl hudelson
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
I am saddened to learn of Potsie's passing. He was a role model for his always dignified conduct...a true gentleman at all times. My kids used to love when he came over to Jimmy and Patty's house to visit. He was so kind to them. I remember him from the deer woods of Balsam lake where they used to call him "One-shot-show-ya" for his hunting prowess. What a great guy... from the greatest generation. I never knew his real first name, but I will never forget Potsie.

Ron Marinelli
   Posted Fri October 06, 2017
To John's family our heartfelt condolences. RIP John and thanks for all the great conversations we had over the years.

Ron Marinelli
Rome, Italy

Patricia Whaley
   Posted Sat October 07, 2017
Goodbye, my friend. Thanks for all the great memories and conversations over the many years we were friends. You were special. Now rest in peace with the family. PDW

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