Frederick "Gene" E. Govaia, 78, of Hillsboro, IL passed away, on Friday, April 17, 2020, at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL. Cremation rites were accorded. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Memorial Service, with Military Rites, will be held at a later date with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, IL.
Mr. Govaia was born June 24, 1941, in Hillsboro, IL, to the late Joel Eugene & Mary L. (Hensen) Govaia. He is a 1959 Graduate of Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, IL and was a Veteran, serving as a MP in the Army. Mr. Govaia married Linda Kershaw, on September 9, 1961, in Hillsboro, IL, She survives in Hillsboro, IL. He participated in Rendezvous, where he was known as Grizz, and he enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports. He also loved to hunt, fish and be outdoors.
Mr. Govaia is survived by his wife Linda of Hillsboro, IL; two daughters, Tammy (husband, Randy) Greenwood of Hillsboro, IL and Ranae Snider of Hillsboro, IL; one son, Monte (wife, Robin) Govaia of Litchfield, IL; nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren and one sister, Jo Anne (husband, Jay) Major of Pawnee, IL, Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Stacey Snider and one sister, Marsha Grabow.
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