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Dusan “Dan” J. Ljubenko

Posted By Hitzeman Funeral Home On February 29, 2016 @ 4:10 pm In Obituary | 8 Comments

American FlagDusan “Dan” J. Ljubenko, age 88 of La Grange Park.  Born in Chicago, IL on October 3, 1927 and passed away on February 26, 2016.  U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran, stationed in Japan.  Beloved husband of Olga Ljubenko, nee Deretich, fond father of Stephen Ljubenko and Cynthia Ljubenko, dear brother of Kosto Ljubenko and Luka (the late Lucille) Ljubenko, uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Visitation Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M., Prayer Service 7 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.  Lying in State Friday, March 4, 2016, from 11 A.M. to Time of Service 12 Noon at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL.  Interment New Gracanica Serbian Monastery Cemetery.  Retired Chemical Engineer at Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (I.I.T.R.I.) and Risk Insurance Manager – (I.I.T.R.I.), The Richardson Company and O.S. I. Industries, Past President of the United Serbian Society (JEDINSTVO), Past President of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago, IL., Past President of Serb National Federation (S.N.F.) Local Lodge-St. George #195, Past President and 1st Vice President of The Serb National Federation (S.N.F.), Past Master of Old Glory Masonic Lodge, Member of Medinah Shrine, Past Board Member of Lyons Township High School, District 204 School Board.  In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL. 60631.  Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

Condolences for the family of “Dusan “Dan” J. Ljubenko”

Condolence from Darlene Lada on February 29th, 2016 10:44 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family. I served on Holy Resurrection Church Board for two years with Dan. He was an excellent President. He will be missed.
Memory Eternal.

Condolence from LTC John & Wilda Ferguson on March 1st, 2016 5:03 pm

Our prayers are with the friends and family. May your sadness be replaced by the wonderful memories shared with him.

Condolence from Goran “Spaz” Davidovac on March 2nd, 2016 12:03 am

It is with deep regret that I learned of the passing of +Dusan “DJ” Ljubenko. Our sincerest condolences to the family.

He was truly a pillar in our church community.

His commitment to our parish is exactly one of the reasons why this Cathedral, Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on Redwood Drive, has so much today.

I am personally grateful that he had helped continue grow our parish throughout all these years.

It was an honor to have served on the 100th Anniversary committee in 2005 where I learned from the legends themselves.

You see my friends, to some people legends are Elvis, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, etc…

To me, legends are Ivan Vucetic, John Palandech, Blackie, Swats, Wally Vukovich & DJ Ljubenko, just to name a few.

On behalf of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

HVALA for EVERYTHING you’ve done for our community – we are forever grateful.


Goran “Spaz” Davidovac

Condolence from Ernest Solimene on March 2nd, 2016 3:25 pm

We are saddened by “Dan” passing,we always liked and respected him. Ernest,Ida and Annarita Solimene.

Condolence from Wayne Slepcevich on March 4th, 2016 7:56 am

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Kumovi Dushan…please accept our sincerest condolences..he was a kind and generous man….Wayne and Rita Slepcevich

Condolence from Rosalind Luburich on March 4th, 2016 9:23 am

Our heartfelt condolences to the Ljubenko family. Dan is regarded with high esteem in the Serbian Community. He was admired for his never ending dedication and perseverance during his lifetime. He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered. Rosalind Luburich and family.

Condolence from CHRIS & MILENA KOVAC on March 6th, 2016 5:13 pm

Dan’s talents dedication & faith made a difference in all our lives.
Our heartfelt sympathy to his family at this difficult time. We pray their cherished memories will bring peace & comfort in days ahead.
Risto & Milena Kovac

Condolence from Renata Banak Carlson on December 19th, 2017 2:56 pm

Dan was a great man, much loved.. I enjoyed the years we worked together and was saddened when due to changes at the Richardson/Witco Company we both moved on. He was always a true gentleman and such a hard, dedicated worker. Having lost earlier contact information I decided to search for his address online, what a shock to find his obituary instead… So sorry to hear he’s no longer with us, I’m sure he has a special place in heaven. My condolences to his wife Olga and his children and family, of which he always spoke very highly.

Renata Cameron

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