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(Ret.) Lt. Col. Thomas R. Kovach Jr., 56,of Spotsylvania, passed away Thursday evening, May 9, 2013 at Mary Washington Hospital. Tom was born on March 9, 1957, in Monessen, Pa. He graduated from Monessen High School and attended Virginia Military Institute, receiving a degree in civil engineering in 1979.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Raymond Kovach Sr., of Monessen, Pa.
Tom joined the Marine Corps on May 18, 1979, earning his helicopter rating in 1983, flying Cobra gunships, and then served in Desert Storm. He also attended the Naval War College. Following his retirement, he was employed by Quadelta as a senior engineer, and worked there for 10 years, leaving for medical reasons. Tom loved his job and was very loyal and dedicated to his profession.
He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church serving as a vestry member for four years. He also served on the Stewardship Committee.
Growing up, Tom was very active with the Boy Scouts of America, earning his Eagle Scout and The Order of the Arrow. As an adult, he volunteered with the Boy Scouts and served as a Scoutmaster of Troop 847 Chancellor.
Survivors include his loving wife, Mary; sons Thomas Russell Kovach and his fiancee Nina Joson, of Tampa, Fla., Stephen Lawrence Kovach, and his fiancee, Melissa Andrew, and grandson Chancellor William Kovach of Locust Grove, and Sgt. Jeffrey Raymond and his wife, Jihee Kovach, of Fort Drum, N.Y.; his mother, Evelyn, and step-father Frank Novotny; brothers Michael Kovach and sister-in-law, Karen; nieces Ali and Madi of Danville, Pa. and Paul Kovach, of Cummings, Ga.
The family will receive friends at Laurel Hill Funeral Home in Spotsylvania on Tuesday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Spotsylvania on Wednesday, May 15, at 1 p.m, with the Very Rev. Jeffery Packard officiating. The
Family will receive guests at a reception in All Saints Hall. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Christ Episcopal Church, 8951 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553.
Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneralhome.com