Slavko Vasiljevic, 97, Fargo, ND died Monday, May 12, 2014 in his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Slavko was born on November 3, 1916 in Yugoslavia. He finished schooling and entered the Belgrade Military Academy, graduating in 1938 as a Second Lieutenant.

Slavko fought in World War Two against Germany and was taken prisoner in 1941 and held until the end of the war in 1945. He spent the next three years in Austria as a displaced person, where he met his wife, Elfrieda. They married on July 12, 1948 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and they have lived in Fargo since then. Slavko worked for M&H Gas in Fargo and Moorhead, Rothrock Awning, Midwest Supply and in Plumbing until 1968 when he started at the Cereal Science Deaprtment at NDSU until his retirement in 1984.

Slavko was active in the Disabled American Veterans and was State Department Commander in 1972-73 and held all Local chapter offices. He was President of the International War Veterans Alliance in 1990-91. Slavko was a charter member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War and was State Commander from 1982-to 1985 and was Commander of the Dakota Plains and Dakota Golden Prairie Chapters. Slavko was President of the ND State Employees in 1975-1976 and was employee of the year 1973-74. Slavko enjoyed his retirement and was a volunteer at the Fargo Veterans Hospital and had over 5000 hours. He was a member of the Golden K. Kiwanis of Fargo. He was a life member of these organizations.

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  1. Hillsborough NCTo the Vasiljevic family, Slavko was a volunteer of mine in Fargo 1989-2002 and was such a special man. I learned so much about him and his service to our country.

    My thoughts and prayers to everyone. It has been 12 years since I moved and he still touches my heart.

    Fondly,

    Ronni Miller

  2. Fargo ND
    I met Slavko prior to his retirement from ND
    SU. He was a wonderful person a happy personality and a friendly outlook. It was very nice to have known him.

  3. Fargo ND
    Having known Slavko and Frieda for many years and worked with Frieda at
    Amerland . It is with sadness to see his death. May he rest in peace.

  4. Alexandria VADear Slavko,

    You taught us so much about the value of friendship, love of life, and strength in the face of hardship – your optimism was contagious. As my sister Vida said, we enjoyed every Thanksgiving and holiday that you and Frieda shared with us.

    Vecnaja Pamjat. +

    Alexandra (Alex) Brkic Griffin, and Gary, Taylor, and Evan Griffin

  5. Fargo ND
    Since Marlys and Jack Hilleboe passed I didn’t get the chance to see you and Freida much. I always loved our visits when I would come into town. You will be missed by so many. I always loved that clock you had hanging on your wall and now someone else will get to enjoy it. May you RIP Slavko. We will meet again. Till then I salute you.

  6. Phoenix AZ
    I enjoyed working with Slavko during his early years in Fargo-Moorhead. He was an inspiration to those around him, who were haghly inpressed with his adaptation to his new life in the U.S. after going through years of combat and being a war prisoner.

  7. Minnetonka MN
    Dear Slavko – we will miss you so much. We’re thankful that we have so many good memories of shared Thanksgiving, Easter, and Slava dinners with you and Frieda.

    With love,
    Jovan, Tom, Katie, and Vida

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