Eugene Sovell

May 25, 1940-April 20, 2014

IVANHOE – Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene Sovell, 73, of Ivanhoe, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to mass at the church. Burial will be in St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Military honors will be provided by the Ivanhoe VFW Post 2980.

He died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Sanford Canby Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Eugene was born May 25, 1940, in Island Lake Township, Lyon County, the son of Harry and Emily (Konieczny) Sovell. He was baptized, received First Communion, and was confirmed at St John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. He attended Wilno parochial school and Ivanhoe High School. At age 18 he entered the U.S. Army serving overseas in Germany. He was later recalled back to active service during the Cuban Missile Crises and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.. After being discharged from the Army he began farming in Royal Township until he retired April 20, 2014. He took great pride in farming, raising cattle, and his 2-cylinder John Deere tractors. He was united in marriage to Gloria Koopman, Feb. 16, 1963, at St Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe; they were blessed with four children.

Besides farming he was a skilled butcher working at Gordy’s Locker in Canby for 22 years and also as a home butcher for many friends and neighbors; always taking great pride in his skill. Gene was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying many fishing trips with his brothers and friends, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandpa gave lots of tractor rides and good advice. He was a member of VFW Post 2980.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Gloria, his four children; Christine (and Nick) King of New Prague, Dale (and Sherry) Sovell of Ivanhoe, Nicholas (and Catalina) Sovell of Utica and JoLynn (and Tom) Lavin of Minneapolis; 15 grandchildren (Nicole, Alexis and Emily Johnson; Hannah and Mariah King; Ashely and Dereck Sovell; Bryan, Darren, Kristine, Jacob and Daniel Sovell; Patrick, Olivia and Maeve Lavin) and three great-grandchildren (Morgan, James and Brandon); three brothers, James, Elliott and John; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Daniel.

Blessed be his memory.