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October 1, 1949 ~ September 6, 2019
Our beloved Father, Grandfather, and Brother, Nick Velis passed away on September 6, 2019 of long-standing health problems. He was born in Ely, Nevada, October 1, 1949, to Alexander N. Velis and Georgia Senes Velis. He was a son of first generation Greek immigrants looking for a better life in America. They came here and worked hard in the mines, bars, and restaurants and became successful entrepreneurs.
He leaves behind his loving wife Diana and five children: Brian (Sondra) Motes, Kari (John) Baransky, Georgia (Russell) Tittensor, Kristina Velis, and Alexandra (Jarom) Jones. He adored his grandchildren: Brian, Jr. and Xena Motes, Matthew, Nick, and John Aaron Baransky, Gia Tittensor, and Ava and Aristotle Jones.
His cherished siblings are Steve (Penny) Velis, Anna (Damon) Kirchmeier, Elene (Rex) Campbell, Cindy Senes Flores, Charmaine D'Amico-Slinkard
He was a Vietnam War Veteran and earned three Bronze Stars, two with "V" device, and a Purple Heart, and other awards.
He was well-known in the hospitality business, owning The 27th Street Grill, and The Grill on Washington Boulevard. He had earlier run The National Tavern, and co-managed The Golden Spike Club (Athens Club)
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 674 42nd St, with Father Patrick O'Rourke officiating. Friends may visit with family on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with Trisagion Service at 7 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City.