Luka Pejic, born May 12, 1925 in Ruzici, Grude, Hercegovina passed away after a courageous battle against cancer on February 23, 2013. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 56 years, Slavica and four loving daughters, Anita (Neven Bobich), Silva Larsen, Louisa (Chris Larsen) and Elena Pejic. He is the beloved grandfather of three grandsons, Niko (Stephanie Euceda) and Johnny Bobich and Pavle Curic; and four granddaughters, Natalya Bobich, Veronica, Allison and Janie Larsen. Luka has one great grandson, Joshua Bobich. Luka lost his parents at the tender age of seven and was raised by loving foster parents in Dakovo, Croatia. He enjoyed his childhood and often spoke fondly of it. As a cadet at the young age of fifteen, Luka was sent by the government of the Independent State of Croatia to Vienna, Austria to study Mechanical Engineering. Upon returning to Croatia, he was placed in a military camp during WWII and was only one of few survivors. Luka has been a proud Croatian since birth, right up to his last breath. Luka immigrated to the United States in 1961 and became a U.S. Citizen in 1971. He was an equally proud American and lived the American dream, owned his own business, bought a home, traveled, and had many valued friends. Luka loved to fly and was a licensed pilot and a member of several flight clubs both in the U.S.A. and Croatia. For many years Luka served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol and participated in many air rescues all over of the western U.S. and was the recipient of many achievement awards. Luka enjoyed music, writing poems and organized several small bands. He loved and cherished his many instruments. Luka was a beautiful, kind man who loved life and his family, living every moment to its fullest. A Memorial Service will be held in Luka's honor on March 2nd at 4:00 p.m. at McNerney's Mortuary Chapel 570 W. 5th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Luka's final burial will be in his beloved birthplace in Hercegovina. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2013