John Kovatch, Jr.

John Kovatch, Jr., 76, of Cedar, died October 8, 2012 at Camilia Rose Care Center in Coon Rapids.

John Kovatch, Jr. was born Dec. 27, 1935 in St. Michael, N.D. to John and Mary (Houle) Kovatch. He was raised and lived his early years in North Dakota. John served in the Marine Corps. On May 1, 1958 he married Viola Boyer in Moorhead, Minn. They made their home in the Fargo-Moorhead area until 1973 when they moved to the Soderville-East Bethel area. John was employed as a trucker and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was an outdoor person and enjoyed hunting, fishing and going camping. He also enjoyed the casino and country music. He was a military buff and read and studied military history.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vi; and son Jim. He is survived by children, Cindy Barton of Andover, Rocky McCloud of Plymouth, Connie (Eric) Erickson of Blaine, Lori (Red) Benjamin of Chilo, Ohio; 6 grandchildren, Damien, Ashley, Josh, Rachel, Sandra and Monique; 7 great-grandchildren, Carson, Layla, Eva, Bradey, Devon, Carter and Amberly; sister, Anna Rose Rivera of Greenville, Michigan; and by many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Rev. Howard Skulstad officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service. Burial will be in Athens Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers are his grandchildren. Military honors will be provided by the Isanti VFW Post.