HANCOCK - Rueben L. Kovala, 87, a resident of Hancock, passed away Friday evening, June 1, 2012, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility where he had been a resident patient for the past seven months.
He was born August 16, 1924, in Baltic, a son of the late Emil and Mary (Jampsa) Kovala. As a child, Rueben attended the Painesdale School.
Mr. Kovala was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
Rueben had then worked for Chrysler Corporation as a repairman, retiring in 1979 after 31 years.
Mr. Kovala was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock, Alfred Erickson Post 186 American Legion in Hancock and B.O.E. 382 Eagles in Hancock. He was a retired member of U.A.W. Local 51.
He enjoyed bowling and following the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Lions.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, and a brother.
Surviving are his nieces, Carole (David) Medvitz of Doylestown, Ohio and Mary (Paul) Mergentime of Madison Heights, Mich.; his nephew, Michael (Lynn) Keto of N. Canton, Ohio; his sister-in-law, Clarice Kovala of Madison Heights, Mich.; a special friend, Ida Montagne, a resident patient at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility.
Funeral services for Rueben will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock with Rev. D.J. Rasner to officiate. Burial will be in the Atlantic Mine Cemetery where Alfred Erickson Post 186 American Legion of Hancock will hold military rites.
Friends may call on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 11 a.m. until time of services in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock.
To view Rueben's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family with arrangements.