Michael Leroy Popovich

Friday, January 16, 2015

Michael Leroy Popovich, 72, of Belfast, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia.

A native of Madison, Wis., he was the son of the late Michael Popovich and Rose Runyon Popovich. Mr. Popovich served his country in the United States Navy where he retired with over 20 years of service. While serving, he was a physician's assistant and received a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal with three stars, and Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Patrol Pin with one star. Mr. Popovich received his BS degree at the University of Nebraska Medical School and spent four years in Physician's Assistant School during his time in the Navy and practiced at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He also retired from Orlando, Fla. VA Clinic where he worked for 18 years.

He is survived by two sons, Brandon (Jennifer Long) Popovich of Charlotte, N.C. and Michael (Diane) Popovich of East Falmouth, Mass.; one daughter, Robin (Tony) Schultz of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Yvonne Ziegelmaier of Williamsport, Pa.; ex-wife, Sandra Popovich of Orlando, Fla.; a special friend, Lucy Davies; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Popovich will be held at a later date with burial to follow in Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va. with full military honors.

Condolences of sympathy may be sent to www.billsmcgaugh.com.

Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements