STEVE PETER BICANICH
A private service will take place on Friday, June 29, 2012 in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, MN, with Rev. Fr. Jim DeBroycker officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm.
Steve Peter Bicanich, age 89, of Chisholm, died on Saturday evening, June 23, 2012 at Fairview University Medical Center- Mesabi in Hibbing. His devoted wife of 64 years, Josephine, was at his side when he passed. Steve was a lifelong resident of Chisholm, MN. He graduated in 1941 from Chisholm High School where he excelled as an athlete winning acclaim as one of the best swimmers in the state. He turned down two college scholarship offers in order to volunteer for and become a proud member of the Army’s 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The 503rd was deployed to the Pacific during World War II and his Unit saw action at Markham Valley – New Guinea, Noemfoor Island, Leyte, Mindoro and Luzon. Steve also participated in the initial parachute assault on “The Rock”, Corregidor, a heavily fortified Philippine island where thousands of Japanese soldiers would make their last stand. The “Battle for Corregidor” was one of the deadliest battles of the war, and the 503rd received a Presidential Citation for “extraordinary heroism” during that battle fought on February 16 – 28, 1945.
Steve returned to Chisholm after the war, and worked as a maintenance mechanic and foreman for U.S. Steel until he retired after 30 years of service. He subsequently worked at the Chisholm Housing Authority, Hibbing Taconite and Heritage Manor. Steve, a devoted and loving husband, was known by family and friends to be a hard working, just man.
Steve Bicanich is survived by his wife – Josephine; sons – David (Sharon), Tom, Peter (Cindy); daughter – Constance O’Hara; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents – Peter and Mande; sister – Kate; brother – George; and son-in-law – Michael O’Hara.