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Richard Thomas Kovach

Richard Thomas Kovach of Plainwell passed away in his home on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the age of 72. Rich was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 30, 1948, the son of the late John E. Kovach Sr. and Vera (Landells) Kovach. He was also preceded in death by 3 siblings, James Kovach, Diane Gettys, and Melvina “Millie” Wasson. Richard was united in marriage to Ann Marie (Goebel) Kovach on April 2, 1971, recently celebrating 49 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his 3 children, Jennifer (Mark) Hollandsworth of St. Joseph, Teresea (Keith) Horn of Stevenson Ranch, CA, and Richard P. Kovach of Kalamazoo; 6 grandchildren (Adrian, Ethan, Anna, Bella, Finley, Adalyn) and 3 great-grandchildren (Sophia, Eliana, Everly); 4 siblings, John E. (Marlene) Kovach Jr. of Tucson, AZ, Marilyn Wilson of Lawton, Sherman (Melba) Kovach of Kalamazoo, Tommy (Donna) Kovach of New Port Richey, FL; several nieces and nephews. Richard recently retired from PK Contracting in Kalamazoo where he worked for 14 years. Rich will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He will be remembered for his hearty infectious laugh, iconic beard, his enjoyment of nature, and love of scripture. Rich was a quintessential local guy, living in the next small town over from where he was born and raised. He preferred living a simple life, prioritizing family, work, and faith above all. He found pleasure in the simple things like listening to the radio, reading the Bible, driving backroads, grocery shopping, and feeding and watching the birds and squirrels in his yard. In lieu of a funeral and viewing, the family has determined that a cremation is most appropriate at this time. Plans will be made for a full celebration of Richard’s life at a later date, when social distancing precautions are eased. Details and updates will be posted to www.mccowensecord.com. While visiting Richard's webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080 (269-685-5881).

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Thank you so much for sharing your awesome father with us!

Zachary Hadley May 22 2020 5:02 PM

Zachary, thank you for sharing these memories. Its neat to hear how my dad impacted the lives of others. He is missed. Blessings to you.

Teresea Horn May 19 2020 2:24 AM

What an awesome man! He was a fountain of wisdom and strength in a foolish, weakening world. He used to tell me, Sincerity is no guarantee for truth. The Fuller Brush salesmen are really sincere when theyre trying to sell you brush with one bristle. Ha! I learned so much from him. He never hid his light under a bushel. He always spoke the truth and crushed the traps and snares set before him. He prayed in the name of Jesus Christ and...I know it sounds weird...but he could change shit because of it. Its like he had a direct line to God. Ha! I miss him sorely, but Im completely confident that Ill see him again when I go back to God myself. Ha!

Zachary Hadley May 10 2020 12:23 PM

Ann, so sorry to hear of Richs passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Sharon MacDonald

Sharon MacDonald May 2 2020 1:02 PM

Thank you for your kind words. Sending love to you guys and please stay safe yourselves. :hugging_face:

Teresea Horn Apr 30 2020 1:22 AM

Thanks, Bob! Sorry for your loss as well. :heart:

Teresea Horn Apr 30 2020 1:18 AM

I will mis him Dearly! Best uncle i wil ever have! Robert Kovach

Robert Kovach Apr 29 2020 6:55 PM

Teresa, so sorry to hear the news of your father passing. I can't say I knew him well but, he always struck me as a quiet, peaceful, introspective man who dearly loved his family. We have you in our thoughts. Please stay safe. Dan and Terry Stratton

Dan and Terry Stratton Apr 29 2020 5:39 PM