Jack E. Kovalik, 89, of Springfield, died at the Bickford House at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012. He was born July 18, 1922 in Springfield, IL to Gustav and Louise Napora Kovalik. He married Hilda E. Kaczinski on July 8, 1945 and she preceded him in death on May 28, 2009. Also preceding him in death was a son, Tom, in 1995, three sisters and three brothers.
Surviving are a daughter Carol (Bruce) Lawson of Chicago; a son, Ken (Ann) Kovalik of Jamison, PA; a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Kovalik of Winfield, IL, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; one sister, Ruth (Emil) Augustine of Denver, CO; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack was a resident of the Springfield area most of his life. He was an Insurance agent for 28 years, working for Metropolitan Life for 11 years and Horace Mann for 17 years, from which he retired. He proudly served his Country in the United States Army during WWII and was an ex-POW, having been held in Germany. He was a member of the First Church of God. He had also served as Pastor at Bethany Evangelical Church for 17 years.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Lie in State: 10-10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 20, 2012 at First Church of God.
Funeral Service: 10:30 am Friday, July 20, 2012 at First Church of God with Reverend Herbert W. Coates and Pastor David Swihart officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
Memorials may be made to First Church of God.