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1934 John 2023

John Edward Koval

January 7, 1934 — December 7, 2023


John Edward Koval, a man loved and cherished by many, passed away on December 7, 2023, in Blue Skies, The Mission, San Antonio, Texas. He was a remarkable individual with a zest for life and a heart full of compassion. Born on January 7, 1934, in Gates, PA, John lived a life filled with love, adventure, and service to his country. John's love for dancing was evident throughout his life. He had a passion for the jitterbug and eagerly shared his skills with his beloved daughter Annie. Together, they formed an unbreakable bond while twirling across dance floors. John's enthusiasm for dance extended beyond his family as he joyfully embraced the opportunity to dance with friends and family during gatherings. His rhythm brought smiles to faces and warmth to hearts. John loved Annie's husband, Bill Tischer, and they did many things together. John and Bill had a great mutual respect for each other and had military service in common. Family meant the world to John, and he treasured every moment spent with them. He often made trips to Youngstown, OH, Elwood, IN and Calumet City, IL, to be surrounded by loved ones. The holidays were especially cherished as he tirelessly traveled alongside his wife Denny countless times to reunite with family and friends. The laughter and joy shared during these precious moments created memories that will forever be held dear. Described as someone who would go above and beyond to help others in need, John was a true pillar of support. His genuine kindness touched the lives of many who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him. With an infectious sense of humor and an easy-going nature, John effortlessly forged friendships that lasted a lifetime. His presence alone brightened the atmosphere wherever he went. John dedicated more than two decades of his life serving in the U.S. Air Force. Enlisting at the young age of 17 was testament to his unwavering sense of duty towards his country. Serving in Korea further solidified his commitment to protecting freedom and upholding values close to his heart. Retiring as a SMSgt, John wore his uniform with immense pride. His devotion to duty and love for his country earned him the respect and admiration of those around him. Beyond his military service, John achieved great success in his civilian career. He worked for Civil Service and retired as a GS12. The

influence of his military background remained evident throughout his life, as he formed lasting friendships across the United States. Traveling alongside Denny in their fifth-wheel, they explored the nooks and crannies of this great nation for over 15 years. Their faithful companion, Fritzi, a lovable cocker spaniel, was always by their side as they embarked on new adventures together. John was a life member of the VFW Post 9174. John was also a life member of the Moose Lodge and was active in the Moose Lodge in Castroville, Texas. He served as Governor among other offices. Throughout all of John's achievements, nothing brought him more satisfaction than being a devoted husband to Denny. They met in Spokane, WA, in March 1954 while John was stationed at Fairchild AFB. Recognizing in each other a deep connection and an enduring

love, they sealed their bond in marriage on April 16, 1955. For close to 68 years, they supported and cherished one another through life's trials and triumphs. Theirs was a love story that will forever inspire those fortunate enough to witness it. On January 17, 2024, friends and family will gather at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX, to bid farewell as John

is laid to rest. The burial service will be a tribute to a life filled with love, laughter, and sacrifice. The memory of his infectious smile and warm presence will live on in the hearts of all who were touched by his remarkable spirit.

John is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Anna Koval, brothers Andrew and Joseph Koval, sister Anna Potocnak, and nephew Andrew Koval. John is survived by his wife Charlotte Koval, daughter Annie Tischer (Bill), nephew Joseph "Jody" Koval, his brother-in-law Michael Potocnak, and sister-in-law Roberta Matteucci.

John Edward Koval's passing leaves behind a void that can never be filled completely. However, it is through the memories we hold dear and the lessons he taught us that his legacy will endure. In celebrating his life today and every day hereafter, let us remind ourselves of the joy he brought, the kindness he extended, and the love he shared. Rest in

peace, John, knowing that your remarkable life made a difference in the lives of others.

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Service Schedule

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Inurnment for John Edward Koval

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78209

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