CASPIAN, Mich. -- Frank "Trump" Butorac Sr., 81, Caspian, Mich., died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at home.
He was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Ely to Marko and Ana (Adam) Butorac. He moved to Crosby as a child. He graduated from Crosby high school. He entered the Army and served in North Africa and Italy in the Evergreen Division during World War II. After his service, he returned to Minnesota. He married Berneice Peterson on Oct. 6, 1945. They lived in Ironton where he was employed by Inland Steel Co. as an iron miner. He also was employed as a police officer and served as Ironton fire chief. He worked in Greenland for a few years as an operating engineer building airports. They moved to Caspian in August 1967. His wife died March 19, 1988. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian, where he sang in the church choir and was a member of Holy Name Society. He served on the West Iron County Board of Education and was a member of the Caspian Progressive Men and the Croatian Fraternal Union. He had been a member of the Crosby VFW and American Legion.
Survivors include six sons, Thomas, Colorado Springs, Colo., Frank, Ishpeming, Mich., James, Ishpeming, Mark, Fort Atkinson, Wis., Charles, Port Angeles, Wash., and Brian, Medical Lake, Wash.; two daughters, Nancy Olson, Iron River, Mich., and Anna Butorac, Lakemore, Ill.; one brother, Matt Butorac, Iron River; five sisters, Frances Vidmar, Crosby, Martha Miller, Ironton, Margaret Harrison, Crosby, Elizabeth Formanek, Henning, and Elsie Skoff, Eveleth; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
His wife; an infant daughter, Carol Jean; a brother, Joe "Sparky" Butorac; and a sister, Mary Domencich, died earlier.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Langenberg Funeral Home, Iron River Chapel, and 11 a.m. Friday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian with the Rev. Norm Clisch officiating. Burial will be in Stambaugh Cemetery.
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