Louis Jerome Mirjanich May 11, 1927-February 11,2021.
Louis Mirjanich’s parents, Ljubomir and Katica immigrated from Serbia and Croatia in the early 1900’s, were processed through Ellis Island and settled in St. Louis, Missouri. Lou’s father was a tavern and restaurant owner, on Clark Avenue, and his mother was the cook. Through their hard work ethic, they provided for their three daughters and young son Louis. Lou was born in St. Louis, attended McKinley High School playing water polo, and then advanced his education at Washington University in St. Louis. He obtained a degree in Business Administration in 1949. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity where he made lifelong friends. Every summer during college, Lou and some of his fraternity brothers would hitchhike to Laguna Beach California, during its prime or Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Lodge where they worked bussing tables.
A dapper, well dressed, handsome and confident young man, Lou met and started dating “the most beautiful girl” at Lindenwood Girls College in St. Charles Missouri, Sarah Kathryn Hilliard, from Miami, Oklahoma. They married in Miami on June 22, 1951. As newlyweds they lived in St. Louis where Lou worked for Saint Louis Envelope Company. After two years, the couple moved to Miami. At that time Lou purchased Del-Mar Laundry and Dry cleaners. He built a very successful business focusing on residential laundry service and commercial linen supply. In the 80’s, Del-Mar laundry and Miami laundry merged, and Lou and Jack Renegar became business partners. Lou’s other business endeavors included KGLC radio station, Plannet fur cold storage, and Wright’s printing. His exceptional business sense made possible an incredible life for his family where all needs, and desires were provided.
Lou was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church, active in the Lions club, and a member of Miami Golf and Country Club. Besides work and family, Lou was an avid golfer, racket ball player, swimmer, walker, gin player and planted large summer gardens. He also spent countless hours trying to help find ways to beautify yards in Miami neighborhoods.
Lou’s great interest in travel resulted in numerous family vacations and in later years World Travels with his wife. Those travels included Russia, China, Denmark, mailboat beyond the Artic Circle, Australia, India, Egypt, transatlantic crossing on the QE II, “rounding the Horn”, and numerous trips to Europe.
Lou is survived by his wife Sarah of 69 years, daughter Rebecca Davis and husband Rod, son Dr. John Mirjanich, MD, granddaughter Lauren Dooley, husband Chris and great grandson Jack, Sister Kathy Pohle and husband Charles, and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Lou was preceded in death by his parents Ljubomir and Katica, sisters Rose Dillberger-Bey and Patricia Edmundson, and his father and mother in-law Carl and Elizabeth Hilliard of Miami.
Lou and his family were fortunate that he had many, many good years! He would often say, “when I lay my head down on the pillow for the last time, don’t cry for me, I had a great life”. And that, he did. He was the most beloved husband and father one could ask for. Keep your eye on the ball, swing slow and follow through.
Mr. Mirjanich’s Celebration of Life Services will be 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church in Miami with Reverend Ray Vandegiesen officiating. Interment will follow at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miami under the care of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Miami. The family has asked that for the health and safety of everyone attending to please wear a mask.
Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Lou’s Tribute Page at www.brown-winters.com.