Edward L. “Ed” McGovern, 82, of Palmyra, formerly of Granite City, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at Carlinville Area Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1933, in Granite City, a son to the late Terry and Etta Marie (Vance) McGovern.
Ed gave more than 23 years to the Granite City Fire Department, retiring in 1983 as an Assistant Chief. He was a member of the Local Carpenters Union No. 633; Past President of the Granite City Eagles Lodge; Palmyra Community Club President; past President of the Firemans Local No. 1063; coached baseball and football; was a four-time golden gloves boxer and two-time champion; went to state competition as a high school wrestler; earned a football scholarship to the University of Arizona; volunteered to teach children to read; attended Gilead Baptist Church in Hettick, Ill., and in his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family. Ed will be remembered for his kind heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Carey “Gale” (King) McGovern, whom he married on June 5, 1983; his children, Karen and (Mark) Buenger of Glen Carbon, Kathy and (Bert) Kinney of Florissant, Mo., Karol and (Mike) Hagnauer of Granite City, Kris McGovern of Granite City, and Todd and (Elizabeth) McFarland of Mulberry, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his first wife; Geraldine (Koby) McGovern; and two brothers, Clarence McGovern and Dean McGovern.
Friends called Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of his life, services were Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at the funeral home with Pastor Randy Vollmar officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.