John George Koval

February 14, 1944May 12, 2018
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John George Koval, age 74 years, passed away unexpectedly on May 12, 2018.

John was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 1944 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Mary and John Kovalich. He was the eldest of three children and survived by his brother and sister: Michael Kovalich and wife Debbie and Carol Brady, husband Patrick Brady.

John graduated with a degree in History from Rutgers University and earned a Master’s degree in Engineering from Pepperdine University. John served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam era as First Lieutenant.

John worked in the oil and gas industry as a project manager for many years which brought him to California, Louisiana and Texas. Once he retired, it was on to a life of traveling the world to many destinations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. He loved his travels, and learning more about his Slovakian heritage.

John was passionate about the theatre and arts and is certainly looking down on us upset he didn’t get to make the “Hamilton” show he was so excited about seeing the next day.

John also loved his Air BNB Business. He always was so happy to welcome people from all around the world into his home and show them a good time in Houston as he was always the consummate host. John leaves behind his family: Diana Hansen, husband Bryan Hansen, Jay Koval and his former wife of 35 years, Dolores Rosa Koval. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Tyler and Jack Hansen. Additional family that will miss John are his nieces and nephew: Carlin Putman, husband Damon Putman, Megan Kovalich, fiancée Chris Von Ritter, Kirsten Levin, husband Brandon Levin, and Douglas Kovalich. Additionally, he leaves behind his grandniece and nephew Taylor and Brady Putman, whom he loved very much.

And a special mention of his beloved dog “Pebbles”, who brought him immense joy.

John will be dearly missed by a host of friends and family from across the world.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St., Bellaire, TX 77401, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army in John’s honor.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 16, 2018

John George Koval

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Gina Myers

June 3, 2018

John was such a wonderful friend to me. He was always ready to help me whenever I called! He helped me when my car was flooded after the recent flood by going with me to dealership to make sure I found a good car. Then he took me to auto parts store when the mats weren't right to find a good price on replacements. One time before he would go with me to service station just to put air in my tires! John did these things and so very much more! He celebrated my birthday with him every year for 14 years! When I broke my hip 2 years ago while walking Pebbles, he brought her to the hospital to visit me every day knowing how much I loved her and would be thrilled to see her! I loved both of them with all my heart! John was a gentleman at all times and very caring and generous! They don't make them like anymore ! I miss him so much!

Carol Brady

May 30, 2018

We hope you will join us for John’s celebration of life. He requested a brief service, sixties music, snacks, and jokes. He asked for people to have a good time. While this request is difficult for me , I will do my best. I miss my brother so much.

Carol Brady

May 29, 2018

My brother, John, was an important part of our lives. All the birthdays and holidays were enriched by his stories of travel and everyday encounters that take on a greater significance now that he is gone. He took me to breakfast every Sunday. He helped me whenever I called. He was there for us through floods and deaths of family and friends with a philosophy that sustained us. Godfather to Taylor, our granddaughter, and kind uncle John to Brady, he will live on in their young memories. It is difficult to say goodbye but he will never leave my heart and memories of a life well lived.