Zivko was born on November 18, 1919 in Piroman, Serbia to Petar and Kosana (nee Kosich) Pavlovich. In 1934, he moved to Belgrade and became a student at Belgrade School of Business. After graduating in 1941, he was called for military service in February of that year and served in the Royal Yugoslav Navy. He was taken prisoner by the Germans in May 1941 and interned in a camp in Germany where he spent four years working on a farm. In January 1950, he emigrated to the United States and then married Ljubica “Lilly” Petkovich in St. Louis, Missouri in February 1952.
Zivko retired from Johns-Manville in 1985 after 35 years of employment. During this time, he also held prominent positions in the Serbian Midwestern American Diocese, SNF Lodge #74, and Serbian Brothers Help. In 2000, Zivko received the honor of SNF Serbian Man of the Year. Zivko also loved playing the lottery and bingo.
Beloved family include three daughters: Linda Whittaker of Olympia Fields, IL, Nancy (William) Campbell of Charleston, SC, and Kathy (Robert) Stried of Coral Springs, FL; and four grandchildren: Alexandria, Lindsay, Christopher, and Michael.
Zivko was preceded in death by his wife, Lilly, on July 31, 2010; daughter, Darlene, in 1981; and brother, Ljubisa in 1987.
Visitation will be held on Monday only, March 10, from 5:00-7:00p.m. at the Salata Gurnee Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, with Poman service at 6:30p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Sava Serbian Monastery, 32377 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville on Tuesday, March 11, and will start at 11:11a.m., Zivko’s favorite time of the day. Interment will follow in St. Sava Serbian Cemetery. Donations in Zivko’s memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.