James (Jim) Kovatch was born May 2, 1960 in Moorhead, Minn. to John and Viola Kovatch. Jim was raised in Moorhead, Minn. and later, moved to Cedar, Minn. with his family. Jim had an appreciation of nature and being outdoors; he enjoyed camping and hiking in the woods. Although, he did appreciate a night indoors specifically at the casino doing a little gambling.
James will be lovingly remembered by his son, Josh Kovatch; father, John Kovatch; three sisters, Cynthia Barton of Anoka, Minn., Connie (Nels) Erickson of Blaine, Minn., and Lori (Leonard) Benjamin of Chilo, Ohio; brother, Rocky McCloud of Plymouth, Minn.; nephew and nieces, Damien Fogg, Ashley Benjamin, Rachel Barton, Sandra Benjamin, and Monique Barton; great nieces and nephews, Carson Fogg, Eva Benjamin, Devon Barton, Layla Fogg, and Bradley Woods; cousin and friend Ricky Peterson and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Viola Kovatch.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with the service led by Connie Erickson. Pallbearers were Ralph Barton, Duane Collins, Nels Erickson, Marv Hanson, Bill Johnson and Don Pantlin. Interment was in Athens Lutheran Cemetery.