Milton “Meecho” Boyat
Milt was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Duluth, to parents Marija and Radovan Boyat.
He grew up and lived much of his adult life on Raleigh Street in West Duluth.
Milt graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School in 1942 and shortly after entered the Army for three years of service in World War II. He was a medic attached to Unit 356 (Search Light Battalion Anti-Aircraft) and was stationed in the South Pacific on Guadalcanal, Leyte and the Philippines.
Milt was an exceptional athlete who enjoyed all sports. He played hockey for the Duluth Coolerators and Duluth Hornets, softball for Amber Flow bar and others and baseball for Teve’s Bar, the Duluth Dukes as well as minor league ball in Lima, Ohio. He was a well-known softball power hitter in his time and many say his home run totals will never be matched. In 1988, Milt was inducted into the Minnesota State Softball Hall of Fame.
Milt was a longtime Duluth firefighter, retiring as a captain, and also worked as a longshoreman on his “off” days. He was a lifelong member of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and a supporting member of the church choir.
Milt stayed very active during his long retirement. He enjoyed golf, bocce, skating, skiing, bicycling, buying and trading automobiles, traveling to California to visit family, taking baseball trips with his sons and family members, having breakfast with friends, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Milt was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Lynne; brothers Zeke and Robert; sisters Dorothy Rish, Angeline Biebel and Polly Tardy; and two infant sisters.
Milt is survived by his sons Roddy of St. Louis Park, Minn., Joseph and Mark (Bethany), both of Maple Grove, Minn., and Wade (Robin) of Hermantown; five grandchildren; sisters Anne Weger and Helen Russell, both of California; sister-in-law Mary Ann Boyat of Duluth; and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, with Pomen Service at 6:30 p.m., in Hegstrom Family Funeral Home, 5405 Ramsey St.
Funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church. Burial in Oneota Cemetery.