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Harold Earl Govedich (1924 - 2013)

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Harold Earl Govedich

September 5, 1924

May 19, 2013

Harold Govedich passed away peacefully on May 19, 2013, surrounded by family at the age of 88. His passing was just a day before what would have been his 67th wedding anniversary, joining his late wife Betty in eternal life. Harold is survived by son and daughter-in-law Richard and Leslie Govedich, daughter Linda Milburn and daughter and son-in-law Sandy Morris and Bim Berish; grandchildren Heather Tefft, Greg Sanders, Jimmy and Elizabeth Morris, Stacey Morris, Chantee' Berish and Cameron and Shannon Berish, as well as nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Fred Govedich and sister-in-law Mary Jane Govedich. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty Govedich, brothers Walter Govedich, Ernest Govedich, Stephen Govedich and grandson Chris Sanders.

Harold was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on September 5, 1924 to Stephen and Anna Govedich. He grew up in Davis, WV, where he graduated from high school and was a star athlete in basketball and football. He started college in San Francisco, CA, but was soon called to service in World War II. When he returned to Davis, WV, on leave, he fell in love with Betty. They were married on May 20, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA, where Harold was stationed after returning from serving in World War II. In 1966, Harold retired after 22 years in the United States Air Force and moved his family to Reno to work for Xerox. He took real estate classes at TMCC, graduated with an AA, opened Arch Realty and started a new career in real estate sales. In 1979 his life was turned upside down when he was hit by a drunk driver, barely surviving the head on collision. Harold had to give up his career in real estate and in 1981 moved to Sequim, WA, to fish and be closer to his brother. Two years later they moved to Port Angeles, WA, where he enjoyed daily fishing off the Strait of Juan de Fuca on his boat named "MER-SEA." He loved spending time on his boat fishing ... his biggest catch was a 120 pound halibut. In 1994 Harold and Betty returned to Reno to be closer to family. They made many wonderful friends along the way, several of whom followed them to Reno after retiring. Harold and Betty were members of Faith Lutheran Church and active members in several military organizations before health issues confined them to home.

Harold's life will be celebrated and his military career honored on Wednesday afternoon, May 29, 2013, at 2:00 at the Veteran's Cemetery in Fernley. There will be an open house immediately following the ceremony at the home of Richard and Leslie Govedich in Sparks.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 24, 2013
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