Howard George Kovarna was born Jan. 17, 1920, west of Hinton, on the family farm located in Perry Township, the son of John and Olive (Maxey) Kovarna. He attended country school near his home.
Howard served his country during World War II in the United States Army. He was trained as an anti-aircraft machine gunner and was stationed at Long Beach, Calif. Following his honorable discharge from the service he returned back to the family farm in Plymouth County.
Howard was united in marriage to Marjorie Jackson July 16, 1947, in Dakota City, Neb.
The couple lived on the family farm west of Hinton where Howard farmed and operated Kovarna Trucking for many years. On the farm, Howard raised cattle, milked cows, and did custom corn shelling for other farmers.
He was a 4-H leader for the Liberty Perry Pacers for 25 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his children, grandchildren and friends.
Howard has been a member of the Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill, Iowa for 66 years.
In July 2009, Howard and Marjorie moved to Kingsley.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie of Kingsley; three children: Jean Larson of Omaha, Neb., Douglas Kovarna and his wife, Rhonda, of Hinton,, and Jackie Phillips and her husband, Dar, of Pierson; six grandchildren: Ty Larson of Chandler, Ariz., Tanya Larson of Omaha, Neb., Tal Kovarna of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Wendi Meister and her husband, Rob of Burt, Jenna Medick and her husband, Andrew, of Kingsley, and Jaya Phillips of Pierson; and nine great-grandchildren: Brice, Lexi, Cy, Lauren, Carter, Andrew, Madison, MacKenzie and Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Olive (Maxey) Kovarna; two brothers, Lester "Bud" and Charles Kovarna; three sisters, Ella "Betty" Frerichs, Doris Sitzman, and Donna Miller; and two precious granddaughters, Andie and Kallie Phillips.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlsen Funeral Funeral Home in Le Mars with Pastor Kolleen Queener officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery, Pierson, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Wednesday until service time Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will Ty Larson, Tanya Larson, Tal Kovarna, Wendi and Rob Meister, Jenna and Andrew Medick, and Jaya Phillips. Honorary casket bearers will be his great-grandchildren, Brice, Lexi, Cy, Lauren, Carter, Andrew, Madison, MacKenzie and Bailey.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.