George Kufrin, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend died of kidney failure on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. He was 89.
Devoted husband of the late Rose Rudar Kufrin, dear father of Robert Kufrin (Lainie) of Jacksonport, Wisconsin, Donald Kufrin of Sister Bay, Wisconsin and Brooke Meoli (Rick) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; grandsons Jason Kufrin (Jenny), Brandon Kufrin (Esther), Eric Kufrin (Valerie), Tony Meoli (Cheryl) and Nick Meoli; and great grandchildren Ronan and Declan Kufrin, Tobias Kufrin, Joseph Meoli, Kayla, John and Alyssa Borowski. Preceding George in death were his parents, sister Rose and sons Paul and James. George is survived by his sisters Violet and Sylvia.
George was born on January 10, 1924 at home in Hinsdale, Illinois. His parents were immigrants from Croatia. George’s father, Paul was a valve pattern maker and his mother Caroline (nee Misic) was a homemaker. He had a wonderful childhood and graduated from Hinsdale Township High School in June 1942. He was drafted into the Army in January 1943. He served as a search light operator in Battery A of the 358th Anti-aircraft Searchlight Battalion until September 1944. In March 1945, George was sent to Europe and assigned to Reconnaissance Company 67th Armored Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division. He remained in Germany until December 1945 on occupation duty. At times, he interpreted for displaced persons from Croatia and Serbia. After military service, he attended Chicago Technical College and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in radio engineering in June 1949.
George married Rose Therese Rudar, the love of his life, on May 12, 1951. George committed his time and energy to building a home for Rose and his family. In 1952, he designed and built a small Cape Cod home in Hinsdale, Illinois and completed it in 1959 with the assistance of relatives and friends. George’s ability to use his hands and mind to fix things was his hallmark. In his spare time, he taught his children how to play baseball, golf and cook on the grill. He also instilled a lifelong love of reading, a desire for learning, dedication to things that matter and the value of hard work.
In 1951, George joined the Western Electric Company and designed telephone-switching systems for the Bell System. George retired in 1984 in Ballwin, Missouri as a Senior Equipment Engineer as a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
George was proud of his Croatian heritage, which he enjoyed through music, food and holiday traditions. In 1996, he was recognized by the Croatian Fraternal Union of America, Hrvatska Sloboda Lodge 32 in Chicago for 50 years of loyal membership. George and Rose travelled to Croatia in 1972 and 1985 and he stayed in touch with Croatian relatives his entire life.
George had a 75-year interest in golf, which began when he caddied at Ruth Lake Country Club, in Hinsdale in the 1930’s. George loved to play bridge, which he enjoyed until a few months before his death. George’s hobbies extended to gardening: growing flowers, vegetables, and trees in Chesterfield, Missouri where he lived with Rose until 2011. George’s love and commitment to Rose were demonstrated in their final years as George devoted himself to be Rose’s primary caregiver as she struggled with Alzheimer’s disease.
A Catholic mass and internment ceremony will occur in Jacksonport in the spring of 2014. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society Scandia Building Fund, 10560 Applewood Road, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234-9399 or other charity of choice.
As George would say: Zivio! Laku noc!
Online condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at the Casperson Funeral Home: http://www.caspersonfuneralhome.com