|7/13/2020 6:24:00 AM|
Horvat, Drago "Dan"
Drago "Dan" Horvat, age 89, of Mineral Point, died peacefully at his home on July 7, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. His journey began in Slovenia where he was born on December 20, 1930 to Paul and Mary (Belschak) Horvat. During his early teen years, the German's occupied Slovenia. He actively participated in the Underground and was shot twice. Once WWII was over, the communists took over Slovenia. The Horvat family received word that Tito's Party was planning to arrest or kill the family. That evening, in the dark of night, Dan crossed the guarded Austrian border. He found his way to a detention camp, where his mother, father and siblings were reunited. Life at the camp was not easy. The only days with food, potatoes and a bit of meat, were days the Red Cross stopped by for inspection. He wisely learned English while there. After a few years he was allowed to go to England. There he worked in a cotton mill and received a Metallurgy Degree. Life took him to Canada and then to the Chicago area, where he was reunited with his parents whom he had not seen for seven years. Dan worked as a Union Pipefitter in those early years. It is also in the Chicago Area that he met his wife of 63 years, Christine. Together they developed their horticultural agriculture business. The business included a flower shop, greenhouse, landscaping, nursery, grain farming and cattle. Dan and Christine moved to their farm in Mineral Point, WI. He loved the beauty of the land. In winter months he would be found on Anna Maria Island, FL running the Anna Maria Motel, another of his business adventures. Retirement was not in his agenda. Dan was a lover of nature, animals and life. His presence and patriarchal wisdom will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dan is survived by his loving wife, Christine; four children, Paul Horvat (Dena Duncan); Dan (Rhonda) Horvat; Maria Horvat and Alex (Laurie) Horvat; as well as 12 grandchildren and many friends.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, July 13, 2020 at St. Mary's & St. Paul's Catholic Church in Mineral Point. A visitation will be held at the church beginning at 1:00 P.M.
The Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Dodgeville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.houckfuneralhomes.com