Homer Stephen Kovacs

Born: Thu., Oct. 18, 1928
Died: Thu., Jun. 6, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 10, 2019
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Jun. 11, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jun. 11, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Homer Stephen Kovacs

We mourn the loss of our father, Homer Stephen Kovacs, 90 years of age, who passed away on June 6, 2019. Homer was born October 18, 1928 in South Bend, Indiana to Stephen G. and Elizabeth M. Kovacs.

He graduated from John Adams High School in 1946. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

Brought together on a blind date, he fell in love with Nancy A. Engdahl and they were married on November 22, 1952. Nancy preceded him in death on June 11, 2011. They are survived by daughters, Barbara K. Black of Atlanta and Linda K Martin of Floyd Knobs, Indiana and her husband Michael D. Martin. His granddaughter Melissa Rowe, her husband Craig Rowe, son Leland and daughter Calla live in Indianapolis. His grandson Patrick Martin lives in Denver, Colorado and will soon be married to Lillie Elliot. His granddaughter Jessie Black recently graduated from the University of Georgia.

He is preceded in death by his sister Arlene Zorn, Chicago, and her husband Duane Zorn and survived by their children, his nieces and nephews; Perry, Kathy, Michael, Tina, Terri, Steve and Connie and their children. He is also preceded in death by his brother-in law, Jim Engdahl and survived by his wife Jolene. Homer’s is survived by Jim’s children, his nieces and nephews Mark, Pamela, Kenneth and Sandy as well as their children.

He retired as controller of a local wholesale food distributor after 25 years of service. He was an avid golfer along with his wife and his skill landed him and a hole-in-one October 12th, 1989 Eberhart.

He was a devoted member of South Bend Elks Lodge #235 B.P.O.E. for over sixty years and was elected as Exalted Ruler in 1971. Homer and Nancy had decades of good times with their close Elks family.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Elks National Foundation in memory of Homer, visit elks.org and click "donate today". Or mail a check payable to Elks National Foundation, 2750 North Lakeview Ave, Chicago, IL 60614.

Homer was known for his love of family and friends, his sense of humor, and devotion to the Elks. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 pm Monday, June 10th, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.


Charitable donations may be made in Homer's memory to the following organization:

Elks National Foundation in memory of Homer,
2750 North Lakeview Ave, Chicago, IL 60614.

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Terri Zorn
   Posted Sat June 08, 2019

EXPRESSION OF LOVE EASEL was sent by Terri Zorn.

In Loving Memory of our Uncle Homer from his Nieces and Nephews of Zorn, Marx and West families

Pat Karpinski
   Posted Sun June 09, 2019
So thankful I got to see my dear friend Homer Kovacs, and that I was able to talk to him yesterday morning. My heart is breaking as are the hearts of every ELK at our lodge. He was the heartbeat of 235 since the 70’s. The mastermind and historian, he could recall every name and date of every person place and thing that ever went on at the lodge. He was the epitome of ELKDOME. Charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity, were the virtues he took an oath to and that he truly lived by. We will all love and miss you always and will ever be proud to call you MY FRIEND. TO OUR ABSENT MEMBER!! Pat Karpinski

Stacy Sutton
   Posted Sun June 09, 2019

MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Christine Kovacevich, Lisa Streib .

Our condolences to Barbara Black and Homer's entire family. Love, Christine, Lisa & Stacy

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