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Mike J Svetich

Mike J Svetich, 1918-2008

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, Mike J Svetich, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 5, 2008.

Mike was born May 8, 1918 in Bingham Canyon, Utah to Pete and Matilda (Barich) Svetich. At an early age he moved to Mutual, Utah where he and his four sisters Mary, Katie, Mildred and Anne grew up. When Mike was 12 years old he met a girl named Dorothy Louise Kilgore for the first time and told her he was going to marry her when they grew up. They were married on Aug. 23, 1941 and raised three children, Betty Jo Ruden, Richard (Terri) Svetich, and Debra (Russ) Dull.

Mike was an active loyal member of the United Mine Workers of America for more than 60 years, presiding as secretary for Local 1206 for many years. He was also a member of the Price Elks Lodge. Mike will be remembered most for his love of his wife Louise, his dedication to family, and his strong work ethic.

Preceded in death by his wife and granddaughter Dana Lynn Dull. Survived by his children, five grandchildren, Belinda (Scott) Timothy, Randy Ruden, Jennifer (Jerad) Baletka, Kevin Dull and Erik Svetich, seven great-grandchildren, and two great- great-grandchildren. The most important thing in Mike's life was his family, he would always say, "If you ain't got family, you ain't got nothin".

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, 11 a.m., Mitchell's Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street in Price, Utah. Family will be at Mitchell's one half hour prior to services. Interment will be at the Helper City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Helper Mining and Railroad Museum, 294 South Main Street, Helper.

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