Rukavina, died Thursday, April 18, 1991.
He was born in Price, Carbon County, Utah to Eli and Anna Sabic Rukavina on August 27, 1913. The family moved to Ogden where Nick was raised and educated. As a young man he worked on the family farm where he did things including excavating basements, snow plowing sidewalks, taking parties out on sleigh rides with his father's beautiful team of horses and enjoyed playing the accordion. He worked for plumbers and Raymond E. Lund and Sons as a hod carrier.In May 1942, he joined the Army and was given the opportunity of becoming one of the First Special Service Forces, a new unit being formed as a commando group, half Canadian and half American. They were trained in parachute jumping, skiing, amphibious landings, night-time raids and were the fore-runners of the Green Beret. He was proud of the uniform he wore and the fact the Force was a unique and bravely daring group of soldiers. He was entitled to wear the American Theater of Operations Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and the Bronze Arrowhead Medal. The battles and campaigns he served in were Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Aleutian Islands. The Company was later sent to Norway as an Occupation Force where the King gave each soldier a Personal Citation. He received his discharge in November of 1945. He began working for G.S.A. in 1962 and retired in 1987.
Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Ivan (Ann) Padjen, Midvale; Josephine Van Komen, Yucca Valley, California; Mary Hadley, Ogden; Milka Holloway, Menlo Park, California; Mrs. Ernest (Rose) Saunders, Ogden; and his wife, the former Delma Hartman Haigh; six children; Myrna S. Haigh, Simi Valley, California; E. Myrleen Haigh, Ogden; Georgia H. Guerrero, Mission Hills, California; Leroy G. Haigh, American Falls, Idaho; Gregory A. Haigh, Corinne, Utah; Clark M. Rukavina; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may call at the mortuary Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday noon to 12:45 p.m. Interment, Ogden City Cemetery.
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