Milovan "Mike" Eric

Milovan “Mike” Eric, of Minooka, IL, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 13, 2023, a week after his 90th birthday.  He was born May 5, 1933 to the late Pejka and Nedjo Eric in Djurdjevica Tara, Montenegro.  He went to work in the fields of Serbia at a young age, harvesting and plowing by hand as well as raising cattle. He also served in the armed forces and as a firefighter before moving to the states (New York City) in 1966 and then settling in Joliet in 1968.

 He is the beloved husband of the late Kata Eric (2022); loving father of Nada (Mike) Brozovich, Milan (Donna) Eric, Slobodan “Victor” (Veronika) Eric and Dusica “Darlene” (Rene) Otto; devoted grandfather of Joseph (Erin) Eric, Matthew (Amber) Eric, Catherine (Adam Berryhill) Otto, Stacie (Joe) Fechter, Robert (Crissy) Otto, Meghan (Jesse) Johnson, Joseph (Alyssa Edges) Otto, Nicholas (Taylor Ford) Brozovich, Lucas (Crystal) Brozovich and Jacob Brozovich; proud great-grandfather of numerous great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, Nada (Radomir) Perovic; brother, Miro (Anja) Eric and many nieces and nephews back home in Serbia.

Mike retired from Local 75 after many years of dedicated service.  He was a talented rotisserie griller who always looked forward to the annual fall ritual of making sausage, bacon and a variety of smoked meats.  Some may remember Mike manning the grill at St. Joes Park during the weekly summer picnics many years ago. He loved being around his family and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and prosper.

Funeral services for Milovan “Mike” Eric will be Friday May 19, 2023 at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.) Joliet, where visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until services start at 12 Noon.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park’s Hills of Rest Cemetery.

For more information please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.