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Nicholas (Nick) Vorona

December 19, 1923 - October 1, 2017

Nicholas Vorona, 93, passed away peacefully October 1, 2017 at home, with his family by his side. He was born December 19, 1923 in Clifton, New Jersey.

Known by all as Nick, he is survived by Eleanor, his loving wife of 69 years; his daughter, Gwen Vorona; and granddaughter, Kara Kelsey. Proud of his Ukrainian heritage, Nick was preceded in death by his father John Worona (Vorona) and mother Susan Worona.

Nick served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was initially attached to the Army's only anti-aircraft battery in London. He landed in France on D-Day plus three, and fought in a number of engagements, including the Battle of the Bulge. He earned six battle stars during his service.

Following the war, Nick sold furniture in New Jersey and married Eleanor Kreske, the "girl next door." Nick then moved to Southern California for 34 years. During this time, he was a football referee and engraver. Some of his engravings were on NASA's Lunar Lander's instrument panels and now reside on the moon.

In 1987, Nick retired and moved his family to Central Point, Oregon. For several years he was the town’s Fourth of July entertainment coordinator and emcee. He was also active in the Salvation Army, where he served as chairman for three years and was made an honorary lifetime member.

Nick and Eleanor moved to Jacksonville in 2000, where he and Eleanor became active members of the Boosters Club. Nick had a lifetime interest in playing the harmonica and was a past officer for the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. He also started a free weekly class for seniors, and occasionally performed at nursing homes. He will be so missed by family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any donations be made to the Asante Hospice Nurses Program in Medford, Ore.

Nicholas (Nick) Vorona