David “Spud” Paul Kovarik, age 66, of North Branch, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Dave was born on Feb. 14, 1953, to Paul and Allene (Miller) Kovarik in St. Paul. He moved from St. Paul to North Branch at the age of five, where he has resided ever since and was a 1971 graduate of North Branch High School. Dave worked as a truck driver for many years, then went on as a roofer for Keen Brothers Roofing. He eventually became a heavy equipment operator for Egan Companies and ColliSys until he retired in 2015. He was proud to be a member of the 49ers union for over 30 years.
Dave was an avid gardener, classic car enthusiast, loved music, movies, attending concerts and collecting M&M figurines. He could fix or make anything and was always willing to help anyone.
He had many special longtime friends who he held dear to his heart.
Dave is preceded in death by his father, Paul J. Kovarik on March 15, 2019.
He is survived by his three children: Jessica (Travis) Richter of North Branch, Jace (Lisa) Kovarik of Taylors Falls and Joliene (Stefan) Litwinczuk of Richfield; 12 grandchildren: Mckenzie, Austin, Brady, Peyton, Jersey, Slade, Rowan, Drake, Cecelia, Adeline, Reed and Eleanor; mother Allene Kovarik; siblings Mike Kovarik, Jim (Patti) Kovarik, Kathie (Steve) Mitchell and Greg Kovarik and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in North Branch with Fr. Shane Stoppel-Wasinger officiating. Music will be provided by Cathie Hendren and Nickolas Grey. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the mass on Thursday. Interment will follow the service at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in North Branch.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.