It is with profound sorrow and heavy hearts that we share the passing of Edward Peter Kovalak, a cherished husband, revered veteran, and beloved friend. Ed is survived by his siblings, Kathleen Marie (Kovalak) Beer of Harrisburg, Virginia and David John Kovalak of Macomb, MIchigan, and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Detroit, Ed was a proud son of the city, carrying its resilient spirit and unwavering strength throughout his life, perhaps why his passion for the Detroit Lions was more than just a pastime; it was a reflection of his loyalty and dedication to his roots. He fondly remembered his time in Royal Oak and the friends made at Shrine Boys High School.
Ed served his country, exemplified by his honorable tenure in the United States Navy during the Korean War. As a Petty Officer Second Class, he served his country with valor and distinction, earning the National Defense Service Medal among other accolades. His bravery and dedication to duty were a testament to his character and left a fast mark on those who had the privilege of serving alongside him.
After honorably concluding his service, Ed’s journey led him to become a civil engineer, a demanding profession complemented well by his high level of dedication, precision, and expertise.
Ed’s life was a tapestry of rich experiences and adventures that painted a picture of a man always joyful in life. From embarking on cross-country road trips to spontaneous hitchhiking adventures that tested his resilience and adaptability, Ed's journey was anything but ordinary. Ultimately, his path led him to San Diego, California.
His greatest legacy is the love he shared with his late wife, Anna Elizabeth Kovalak, a beacon of enduring love and partnership. Married in 1956, Elizabeth was the love of his life, and their bond continues to inspire all who knew them through the stories Ed would share.
Ed’s love extends even further, as he proudly embraced those he met throughout his journey with an open heart and a generous spirit, lifelong friends-turned-family who held his hands in his final days.
He loved deeply, lived honorably, and left a lasting impact on his community, country, and loved ones. He will be dearly missed by all who were touched by his kindness and spirit.
In Ed’s last days, he wished for all to remember one truth: things in life will come and go, but at the end of the day, we only need love…and maybe a bright yellow Pontiac Catalina.