Friday, March 2, 2012


Marko Zdravich, 7, of Otis IN was compassionately euthanized Friday, March 2 following a short but debilitating illness. He was born on a farm in Wanatah, IN owned by Noah and his family in the spring of 2005. He was given the name "Sampson" and entered into the 4H competition at the LaPorte County Fair that summer by Noah. On the last day of the Fair he was to be sold and put on the meat truck destined for Greek Town in Chicago. John and Regina were at the Fair that year looking for a goat. They bought him from Noah, and took him home to Otis, and renamed him "Marko." They also bought another goat (Misho) from Noah's family to keep him company.
He was a wonderful addition to the Zdravich animal clan. He was the troublemaker of the group, but was always very sweet about making trouble. He had a wonderful way of running, jumping and playing, and was especially fond of Vanilla Wafer cookies. He was the reason a strict feeding protocol had to be established, as he would try to steal food from all the other animals. He loved walking to the mailbox with John, Regina and Misho, and taking occasional walks in the woods of Otis.
He is survived by his owners, John and Regina Zdravich, and barnyard family; fellow goat, Misho; horse companions Zora and Divna; many chickens (hens - Zelka, Milena, Lady Gaga; rooster - Zarko); and cats, Sonja and Simo. Also survived by Italian Exchange Daughter, Lydia; and German Exchange Daughter, Marie, of whom he was especially fond.
Services took place in Otis, and interment followed immediately in the barnyard attended by the Zdravich clan, with Serbian Orthodox prayers including incense, candles and rakija.
The family wishes to thank neighbors Roy and Donna who came to welcome him the first day he came to Otis and came to say goodbye on his last day. Many thanks go out to Dr. Jerry and his assistants Pam and Terri who provided medical care and advice, as well as moral support. Kind words and well wishes from all friends and family have been greatly appreciated and very helpful during this difficult time.
He will be missed.