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John Gover


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John Gover Obituary
John Gover
HARLINGEN, TX. -
John Gover, Harlingen, Texas, left the confines of this earth for an unknown destination on February 7, 2015. He started his life adventure in Ottawa, Kansas, on July 18, 1928, sharing his birthday with Nelson Mandela and Red Skelton; he was immediately destined for an interesting life.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, Gover was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and all other limbs and branches of the family tree who had lived before them.
Memorial services will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 with visitation at 2:00 p.m. at the Kreidler Funeral Home, McAllen, following cremation. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of his life: relatives, friends, former students and curious strangers.
Gover graduated from Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Missouri, High School in 1946; after a two-year stint in the army engineers, he returned to Wentworth to attend and graduate from junior college in 1950, receiving a second lieutenant commission in the reserves through the ROTC program. He then attended Ottawa (KS) University where he obtained a bachelor's degree, majoring in English. At Ottawa he also lost his bachelor status by meeting and marrying Jean Keathley, who predeceased him; they had two children, Judy Lindquist (Craig) and Jeff Gover (Sonia); three grandsons ensued, J.T. Lindquist, Scott Lindquist, and Jared Gover, all of whom survive.
Gover taught English at Wentworth for 17 years (1957-73) and then at McAllen, Texas ISD for 20 years, retiring in 1993; in the meantime he had earned a master's degree from UTPA in Edinburg. He published a novel, He's Still the Boss, which humorously describes life in a military school. He also published several articles, short stories, and poems.
Gover became a Mason and Shriner in 1950. When he moved to McAllen, he joined the Jokers, a Shrine clown unit. As Pocoloco he participated in parades and circuses; he also made several trips to entertain children in the Shrine orthopedic hospital in Galveston.
He was also proud to have been a member of the Hidalgo County Juvenile Court Conference Committee, counseling with first-time juvenile offenders; a donor of more than 120 Units of blood; a hospital van driver taking children from the Rio Grande Valley to the Shrine hospitals in Houston and Galveston.
The Govers had two hobbies: they loved collecting Pinocchio items and traveling, so they combined both interests by collecting more than 2,000 Pinocchio objects in many of the more than seventy foreign locales they visited.
Happy in life, at peace in death;
Away from strife, a good last breath.
Anyone who desires may make memorial contributions in Gover's name to the hospital transportation fund, Al Amin Shrine Temple, 2001 Suntide Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78409. kreidlerfuneralhome.com
Published in Valley Morning Star on Feb. 11, 2015
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