Juris Pogainis, 68, Blaine, Minn., brother of a Stevens Point woman, died recently at a comfort care center in Minneapolis, Minn., after a several-year struggle with kidney cancer, it was announced Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007.
There will be no funeral, memorial service nor wake. The Cremation Society of Minnesota assisted the family.
Mr. Pogainis was born in 1939 in Riga, Latvia, and fled with his family to Germany in the fall of 1944. They lived in various displaced persons’ camps until coming to America in 1951, initially settling in South Dakota and later moving to central Wisconsin.
He graduated from Mosinee High School in 1959.
He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1963.
He began work in the computer industry for RCA in Toledo, Ohio, and later in Florida. He finished out his career with Unisys in Minneapolis, Minn., working in the research and development aspect, which included travel to Europe, Japan and Australia.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Ginger, Blaine, Minn.; two sons, Brian, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Robert (Courtnay), Boston, Mass.; his mother, Olga, Mosinee; two brothers, Andrejs, Mosinee, and Max (Cathy), Glenwood Springs, Colo.; and one sister, Ina Pogainis, Stevens Point.
He was preceded in death by his father and an infant sister.