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Victor Valicoff

Dec 10, 1925 - Sep 12, 2017
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 Victor Stoyan Valicoff, age 91, passed away September 12th at Landmark Care Center.  Mr. Valicoff was a World War II Navy Veteran and long-time Yakima businessman and sole proprietor of Vic Valicoff Realtors. 

 
Vic was born on December 10, 1925 to Stoyan and Prokopia (Staykoff) Valicoff in Yakima, Washington.  He attended school in Wapato, and during his senior year on December 7, 1943, was sworn into the U.S. Navy.  The date is notable because it was just three days before his 18th birthday - relaying to family members that he wanted to enlist on the anniversary date of Pearl Harbor.  
 
Vic served as a gunner and was a Navy Fire Controlman Third Class on LST 1014. From Vic’s own Navy Biography: “The LST 1014 participated in invasions of Anguar, Palau Island 9/15/44 Leyte, P.I. 10/22/44, Mindoro, P.I. 12/21/44, and Okinawa 4/1/45.  Vic was in the first wave, D-Day and H-Hour of the invasion on Okinawa”.
 
Vic was awarded medals for his service, which include the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal - 4 stars, Philippine Liberation Medal - 2 stars, and American Area Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.   
 
Shortly after his discharge, Vic attended Yakima Valley College, prior to attending the University of Washington. Vic was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.
 
Returning to Yakima, Vic established his real estate brokerage and earned many awards and recognition from his professional peers.
 
Vic married Nancy C. Lidke, September 12, 1964 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.  Vic and Nancy enjoyed travel and visited California, Las Vegas, Yellowstone and, most often, Hawaii, where they visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial. In addition to domestic travel, Vic and Nancy traveled extensively in Europe including Greece, Bulgaria, and Egypt.  Visiting Bulgaria while still under communist rule was challenging, but also rewarding, to visit Vic’s parent’s homeland and connect with distant relatives.
 
More recently, on February 19, 2005, Nancy and Vic renewed their wedding vows at Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Yakima. 
 
The discipline and patriotism Vic learned in the Navy never left him.  His family has been fortunate to hear his stories and learn about his service to our country.  Vic was proud of his Bulgarian heritage and had many friends in the Bulgarian Community.  
 
Vic is survived by his wife, Nancy, his brother, Robert Valicoff, Sr., sister-in-law Julia Cingle and her husband Steve, as well as his nephews and niece and their spouses, Rob & Stephanie Valicoff, Ric & Cristeen Valicoff, Dena & Jay Taylor, Ron & Tammy Valicoff, and Randy & Judy Valicoff.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Prokopia & Stoyan Valicoff, and uncle, Dimitri (Jimmy) Staykoff.
 
A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 22nd at Terrace Heights Memorial Park (3001 Terrace Heights Drive, Yakima, WA 98901). Memorial donations may be made in Vic’s honor to the Yakima Humane Society (www.yakimahumane.org/donate/make-a-donation, or by mail, 2405 W. Birhcfield Rd, Yakima WA 98901) or to the Wounded Warriors Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, or by mail, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675) or in care of Brookside Funeral Home, PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936.
 

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Sep 22, 2017:11:00 AM

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Graveside

Terrace Heights Memorial Park

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