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Paul D. Bova

October 1, 1935 ~ January 17, 2018 (age 82)

Paul D. Bova, 82 of Grayville, passed away Wednesday evening January 17, 2018 at his home. He was born on October 1, 1935 in DuQuoin, IL, the son of Tony and Mary Rose (Romeo) Bova.  He married Linda Hawf on November 27, 1996 and she survives.

Paul graduated from SIU Carbondale with a degree in Electronics Engineering but his best trait was Public Relations. He had worked at PN Hirsch, the Illinois Brokerage, was the Supervisor for 500 Platolene Convenience stores covering IL, IN and KY. At the end of his career, he spent time in maintenance at Wabash Christian Assisted Living and was the Assistant Librarian at the Groff Memorial Library in Grayville. He was very active in community service, having served as Carmi Chamber president, Carmi Kiwanis president, the first Grand Knight of the Carmi Knights of Columbus and was a 50 year member. Currently he served as a Gray Township Trustee. He served in the United States Navy special services during Korea. He was a member of St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Carmi. Paul was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved all of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by sons, Dr. Mike (Ann Spaetti) Bova, Jeff Bova, and Robert Allen Bova; daughters, Angela Lynn Bova, Melanie (Larry) Knight, Kristina (Michael) Richards, Kimberly (Jody) Wooten, and Amy Sturm; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brothers, Fred Bova and Joe Bova; sisters, Rose Steele, Mary Wills and Barbie Bova.  He was preceded in death by brother, Mitch Bova and sisters, Gladys and Virginia.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Carmi.  Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with the rosary being recited at 2:45 p.m.  Burial will be in Adams Corner Cemetery in Allendale.  Military Rites will be conducted by the Carmi American Legion and VFW Posts.  Memorials may be made to the Groff Memorial Library.  Online condolences may be left at

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