John E. Bove

Bove, John E.
John E. Bove, 100, of Paradise Valley, died September 6, 2013. He had a life-long dedication to fitness and exercise. Born and raised in Chicago, he was a professional wrestler, and was a runner-up for wrestling in the 1936 Olympics. Mr. Bove was a WWII veteran, starting in the 106th Horse Cavalry at Camp Livingston, LA, and advancing to a much-decorated Captain in the Army. In 1944, he led a secret special forces mission to supply arms to local guerillas as part of efforts to liberate the Filipinos in Luzon under General McArthur. He was a successful salesman in the fashion industry. He remained active, and in his later years, he won many medals in the Arizona Racquetball Senior Olympics. He exercised regularly at his workout gym up until the day before his death. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and is survived by daughters Barbara and Margaret, and two grandsons. A memorial service will be at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale at 1:00 p.m. on September 18th. Please visit to place online condolences.


Funeral Home

Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park
6500 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 991-5800

Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 15, 2013