David A. Sova of Poplar Grove passed away peacefully at Mercy Health Riverside campus on May 14, 2020.
He was born May 5, 1941, in Oswego, N.Y., to Lawrence and Betty (Pryor) Sova. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958 to 1962.
He married Carole Schwake on Oct. 27, 1962, in San Jose, Calif., who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Debbie (James) Boettcher, and four sons, Robert (Belinda) Sova, Kevin (Connie) Sova, Keith (Barbara) Sova, and Larry (Patsy) Sova.
He is also survived by his sisters, Josephine (Richard) Roach, Karen Sova, and Sheila (George) Todd; brothers, Daniel (Teresa) Sova and Wayne (Doreen) Sova; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerry, Richard, and Bruce; a sister, Alma; a sister-in law; and two brothers-in-law.
He loved his children and grandchildren and being with his family. He enjoyed playing Yahtzee, doing word search puzzles, playing solitaire, and just being with everyone.
Due to COVID-19, the family chose to have a small gathering at home with prayers by Pastor Wagner of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere.
His grandson Rick Sova wrote this tribute to him:
A Marine, proud and strong
A husband, love everlasting
A father, fierce yet caring
A grandfather, humorous yet also wise
A great man, unforgettable