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Vjekoslav "Vjeko" Ponjavic

October 10, 1987 — June 2, 2023

Kansas City

Vijekoslav (Vjeko) Ponjavic was born 10 October 1987 to Kaja and Jozo Ponjavic in Teslic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
 
Vjeko was their only child and he was their everything. Since he was a young boy, he was loved by everyone he made contact with. He was always loving, kind, generous, thoughtful, helpful, sincere, and respectful of others. There were so many wonderful traits he exuded, that it is impossible to list them all. He loved his parents so much and always wanted the best for them. He always found a way to make them feel loved and appreciated. His mom was his comfort whenever he needed help. He spent every moment he could with her and they shared a bond that no one could break. He also had an affection for his beautiful little dog Smoki. He would always be there for him and truly represent the trait of a man's best friend. Vjeko loved feeding him from his hand and when he was not eating, he would lick his hand and face, an expression of affection toward Vjeko.
 
Growing up in Bosnia and Herzegovina was not easy. He lived through the horrors of war, but always made the best of life. He was an incredible student and an athlete. He loved running, but even more so boxing. He trained hard to one day be a professional boxer, but had sustained injuries that prevented him from pursuing his dream. He loved nature and anything that involved the outdoors. He would always look for places to go and spend time with God admiring his beautiful creation. He was committed and vulnerable with others. He gave people his best and never asked for anything in return other than their friendship. 
 
Vjeko had made an impact on so many that it's hard to count. The outpouring of the support and love he received from others on a daily basis was truly remarkable. His passing was sudden, but the legacy he leaves behind will be everlasting. He was a young man who was so inspiring with wisdom so profound and he will sorely be missed. In the words of the great Mohammed Ali  "Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. You can't hit what your eyes don't see." 
 
Vjeko is survived by his mom Kaja, dad Jozo, little Smoki, and countless family and friends. You can rest now dear Vjeko. 
 
 
Vijekoslav (Vjeko) Ponjavić rođen je 10. Octobar, 1987. u obitelji Kaje i Joze Ponjavića u Tesliću, Bosna i Hercegovina.
 
Vjeko im je bio jedinac i bio im je sve. Odmalena su ga voljeli svi s kojima je kontaktirao. Uvijek je bio pun ljubavi, ljubazan, velikodušan, pažljiv, uslužan, iskren i pun poštovanja prema drugima. Bilo je toliko divnih osobina koje je odisao da ih je nemoguće sve nabrojati. Jako je volio svoje roditelje i uvijek im je želio najbolje. Uvijek je nalazio način da se oni osjećaju voljeno i cijenjeno. Mama mu je bila utjeha kad god je trebao pomoć. Svaki trenutak koji je mogao provodio je s njom i dijelili su vezu koju nitko nije mogao prekinuti. Također je volio svog lijepog psa Smokija. Uvijek bi bio tu za njega i doista predstavljao osobinu čovjekovog najboljeg prijatelja. Vjeko ga je volio hraniti iz ruke, a kad nije jeo, lizao bi mu ruku i lice, što je bio izraz ljubavi prema Vjeki.
 
Odrastanje u Bosni i Hercegovini nije bilo lako. Proživio je ratne strahote, ali od života uvijek izvlačio ono najbolje. Bio je nevjerojatan student i sportaš. Volio je trčanje, ali još više boks. Naporno je trenirao kako bi jednog dana postao profesionalni boksač, ali je zadobio ozljede koje su ga spriječile da ostvari svoj san. Volio je prirodu i sve što je uključivalo boravak na otvorenom. Uvijek bi tražio mjesta na koja bi otišao i proveo vrijeme s Bogom diveći se njegovoj prekrasnoj kreaciji. Bio je predan i ranjiv prema drugima. Davao je ljudima sve od sebe i nikada nije tražio ništa zauzvrat osim njihovog prijateljstva.
 
Vjeko je toliko utjecao na mnoge da ih je teško nabrojati. Izljev podrške i ljubavi koju je svakodnevno dobivao od drugih bio je doista nevjerojatan. Njegov odlazak bio je iznenadan, ali naslijeđe koje je ostavio za sobom bit će vječno. Bio je mladić koji je bio tako inspirativan s tako dubokom mudrošću i jako će nam nedostajati. Prema riječima velikog Mohammeda Alija "Lebdi kao leptir. Bodi kao pčela. Ne možeš pogoditi ono što tvoje oči ne vide."
 
Iza Vjeke su ostali mama Kaja, tata Jozo, mali Smoki, te bezbroj obitelji i prijatelja. Sad se možeš odmoriti dragi Vjeko.
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