John Sankovich passed away on July 14, 2013. He was born in McGill, Nevada on February 6, 1935 to Luke and Katherine Sankovich. He graduated from White Pine County High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. His duties in the military included playing on a baseball team that traveled Europe entertaining the troops, something he thoroughly enjoyed. In 1963, he graduated from the University of Nevada with a degree in Business Administration. He worked in accounting and business throughout his professional life.
John had been a continuous resident of Reno since 1966. He was a passionate baseball fan that attended games in every major league baseball park. He coached teams in Little League, Babe Ruth, and Casey Stengel and was once president of the Reno American Little League. John was also passionate about his Croatian heritage and Tamburitza music. In 2001, the Tamburitza Association of America presented him with the President’s Award for valuable contributions to the organization. John’s other interests included hunting, fishing, flying (he was a licensed private pilot), traveling, and cooking. He attended St Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother Donald (Francis) of Bennion, Utah, sister Sharon (Ken) and brother Larry (Carla) of Reno, son Mark (LaRee) of West Linn, Oregon, son Paul of La Grande, Oregon, and grandsons Luke and Nick.
The family would like to thank the staff of Life Care Center of Reno and Dr. James B. Atcheson for their years of service to John.
There will be no funeral service. John will be cremated under the direction of Walton’s Funeral Home, and his ashes will be scattered in the mountains overlooking the ranch in White Pine County where he spent much of his youth.
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