Dushan Ivanovich Obituary

Dushan L.  Ivanovich
Dushan L. "Nooks" Ivanovich
Dushan L. Ivanovich

December 14, 1921 - February 17, 2011
Born in Norwoodville, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Dushan L. "Nooks" Ivanovich, 89, passed from this life on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at his home in Des Moines. The family will greet friends from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel in Des Moines. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 21, at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, in Adel.

Dushan was born the son of Lazo and Golden Matkovich Ivanovich on December 14, 1921, in Norwoodville, Iowa, the last surviving sibling of a family of nine children. He was a 1940 graduate of East High School. While in high school, he made Prom King and participated in many sports. Dushan especially loved baseball and after high school, he was called up by the Chicago Cubs for tryouts, but was drafted into the Army before he got the chance. After induction into the service, before going overseas, he married his true love, Matilda "Tilli" Fusaro while stationed in Maryland. For their honeymoon, Dushan went to war in Europe and Tilli returned home. During WWII, he served as Sergeant in 405 AAA Gunnery Battalion which were involved in the Normandy invasion of France at Omaha Beach. Dushan received decorations from both the U.S. and French governments. A proud Veteran, he never missed an Army reunion. After WWII, the Chicago Cubs said he was too old at 22 years of age, so he began his career as a carpenter at L.U. 106 and worked for Neumann Bros. Construction for many years, before becoming a business agent for L.U. 106. He retired in 1983.

Dushan and Tilli enjoyed traveling. They saw the world together and recently celebrated 67 years of marriage together. Last June, Dushan received his 70 year membership pin in the Carpenters and Jointers of America. He was proud of that accomplishment. Dushan loved wood working and making nick nacks and bird houses that he generously donated to worthy causes such as Camp Sunnyside – Easter Seals or gave to his many friends and family members. He was always there to lend a hand or offer sage advice. Dushan never knew a stranger and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, February 20, 2011
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Graveside Service
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Monday, February 21, 2011
11:00 AM
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Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Monday, February 21, 2011
11:00 AM