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August 22, 1936 April 9, 2018
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At the age of 81 years, John Michael “Jack” Troyanovich (Trojanowicz) died Monday, April 9, 2018 in Rochester Hills. He was born to the late Chester and Loretta (Duffy) Trojanowicz on August 22, 1936 in Bay City. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, honorably committed to our country with faithful and dedicated service. Trained as a Romanian interpreter during his time with the Army, Jack discovered he had an aptitude for languages. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Michigan, his Masters Degree from the University of Illinois, and was awarded his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in German Literature. He spoke many languages fluently and taught them at Michigan State and the University of Kansas. Jack would eventually land his final job in academia at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, as the Chairman of the Foreign Language Department.

Jack left academia and went to work in the auto industry, holding positions such as the liaison between the Americans and Germans for Volkswagen of America (Westmoreland County, PA) and as an international purchasing agent for Chrysler Motors and the foreign car manufacturer, Skoda, in the Czech Republic. The auto industry brought Jack back to Michigan where he lived his life after retirement. In his later years, he spent his time writing two published novels based loosely on his life as a professor and auto industry liaison. Jack also wrote, submitted and had published several poems that touched upon all facets of life.

Surviving family members include his sister, Mary O’Bryan (Tom) of the Villages, Florida. Five children: John Troy of Lake Orion, Stephan (Jennifer) Troyanovich of Normal, Illinois, Mark Troy of Lansing, Rita (Ken) Rohan of Shelby Township, and Joseph (Nancy) Troyanovich of Macomb. Seven grandchildren: Chris, Katelin, Michael, Allyson, Morgan, Madison and Eva.

Private committal services with military honors have taken place at St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, Bay City, MI. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel. Online condolences:

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