Jimmy E Kovach

Passed away on May 9, 2020

Jimmy Edward Kovach, 78, died on Saturday, 9 May 2020. Jim is survived by a son David Kovach of Long Beach, CA, son-in-law and grandson Cecil and Drew Hannah of Hampton, GA, a brother Randy (MaryLee) Kovach of Tucson, AZ, sister-in-law Judy (Jimmy) Lanier of Eclectic, AL, nephews Jason and Brandon Kovach and cousins. Jim was preceded in death by his parents John and Zelma Kovach, daughter Teri Hannah, and his wife of 55 years Sandra. Jim was born and raised in Bluford, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was stationed in various countries through his years of service, including Japan, Thailand, Greece, two tours in Germany, and several different stateside assignments, including Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, and Michigan. He retired around 1987 with over 25 years. Jim was employed as a civilian at the Alabama National Guard for over 36 years. He worked most of these years in Director of Military Support Department and served in multiple roles in this department. Had made several trips to Romania with the Guard in this capacity. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Guardian Credit Union and served in several capacities. He belonged to Santuck Baptist Church. He enjoyed listening to country as well as gospel music, going to the movies on Sunday afternoons, fishing, Denver Broncos football games as well as Alabama football! Jim was a devoted and strict father, enjoyed helping with Scouts, camping, fishing, and going to sporting events. He was a loving husband who took care of his wife. And a caring son and brother to his family.


  • David Kovach, Son
  • Cecil Hannah, Son-in-law
  • Drew Hannah, Grandson
  • Randy Kovach (Mary Lee), Brother
  • Judy Lanier (Jimmy), Sister-in-law
  • Jason Kovach, Nephew
  • Brandon Kovach, Nephew
  • John Kovach, Father (deceased)
  • Zelma Kovach, Mother (deceased)
  • Teri Kovach, Daughter (deceased)
  • Sandra Kovach, Spouse (deceased)

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 15, 2020


Jimmy E Kovach

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May 15, 2020

Mr. Kovach was a true asset to the Alabama National Guard and served his country, state and department with loyalty, dignity and humility. He touched the lives of so many of the enlisted personnel and his positive impact will never be forgotten. We mourn the loss of our beloved friend and colleague, yet we are reminded of his courage, tenacity and devotion to God, Family, state and country.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of Soldiers and Airmen that knew Mr. Jimmy Kovach.

James Shields

May 14, 2020

Rest in peace Jimmy, I remember all the good times we shared while attending Bluford grade school. Also, the fond memories of building model airplanes and flying them in the schoolyard of Bluford high school. I am so sorry we lost touch after we both joined the Air Force. I am sure we had a lot in common. We did hook up on Facebook about one year ago when my Barbara passed away and I learned that you had also lost your spouse after 50 years. My prayers are with your family and friends. Jim Ed Shields,Capt, USAF (Ret)

Larry Chapman

May 13, 2020

RIP Cousin Jim. All of the Bell Family cousins will miss you.

Shannon Hancock

May 13, 2020

Jim was a wonderful guy to work with and he was always there ready to help if you needed something. Rest In Peace Jim and enjoy being withy Sandy and your daughter again. I will always remember the many trips to a Romania and working in DOMS together.

Gene Kyle

May 11, 2020

Jim and I were both stationed in West Berlin, Germany at the 6912th Security Squadron during the mid 1960's. We became friends and I spent many enjoyable times at the apartment of Jim and Sandy. I was single and became good friends with a German, who also enjoyed many good times at their apartment. When Jim left Berlin and went to Thailand we kept in touch by sending 3" reel to reel voice tapes back and forth. I was able to visit Jim and Sandy at their home in Eclectic a number of years ago with my wife. Jim and I later became friends on Facebook. I was so sorry to learn of Jim's death and extend my condolences.

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