On December 31, 2020 Stephen James Govaker died unexpectedly along with his wife Sherri Rogers and their dog Josephine, near El Paso TX. Steve was 72 years old.
Steve is survived by his daughter Andrea Langston (Bill) of Riverside MO, stepson Jeremiah Millspaugh of Simi Valley, CA, his sister Joanne Soo (Willy) of Bloomingdale IL, nieces Denise Chimienti (Jeff) and Dana Hyland, and nephew Bill Soo (Bridget) all of the Chicago area. Steve was preceded in death by his parents Anton and Josephine Govaker.
Steve was born on April 19, 1948 in Melrose Park IL. After attending Proviso East High School, Steve proudly served his country in Vietnam in the US Army First Cavalry Division from 1968 to 1969. He had a lifelong love of aviation that started while in the military as an air traffic controller then later in the helicopter division. After returning home, he took a position with Ozark Airlines where he made many lifelong friends. Ozark Airlines was later purchased by TWA where Steve worked for many years, taking him all over the country. After leaving the airline, Steve returned to Chicago and continued his career in aviation at Jet International traveling the world. During his years with Jet, he became President and was instrumental in building the company into the global aviation component and service provider it is today.
Steve's true passion was riding his motorcycles with his best friends from all over the world. He took many trips around the country he loved so much, including several rides to Alaska. He was very proud of achieving the milestone of riding over 100,000 miles on his bike. An avid fisherman his entire life, he enjoyed spending time at his "cabin" in Warsaw MO on Lake of the Ozarks. He also loved to cook, and garden, and he had many other hobbies throughout his life.
In 1999 Steve met Sherri and they lived in Long Grove IL until moving to Las Vegas, NV. They were married in Las Vegas on December 18, 2020. Together they shared a passion for animals, having many special pets over their years together including their beloved Basset hound Josie. Steve and Sherri loved spending time with their many close friends. They loved traveling in their RV, and had enjoyed many trips seeing the country together.
Steve truly was one of a kind. He touched so many people in his life and was loved by so many for his easy-going good nature, great sense of humor, and generosity to everyone he met. Steve will be dearly missed, but he will live on through the many memories of everyone who knew and loved him. Some people shine so brightly that their light keeps lighting up the world, even when they are gone - and Steve was one of those people.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be sent to The Bob Woodruff Foundation or Help Shelter Pets. No services scheduled.
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jan. 24, 2021.