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Ronald "Ron" Kovilaritch

Ronald "Ron" Kovilaritch, age 64, of 514 Mt. Zion Drive, Danville,  began eternal life October 23rd, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. 

Born February 25th, 1955, he was the son of Frances (Lisiewicz) Kovilaritch and the late Frank Kovilaritch, Sr. 

Ron was a lifelong resident of Danville and attended Danville area schools. From a young age he used his God-given talents to build his own businesses from the ground up. On June 16th, 1979 he married his wife of forty years, the former Patti Hart of Coal Township. Ron owned and operated Ron's Auto Repair, Towing, & Sales together with his supportive wife, Patti. He was a gifted mechanic and business owner well known in the area. Along with his wife, he was the co-owner of Timeworn Treasures, Danville. They were quite the team that truly brought the terms through "thick and thin" and "for better or for worse" to life.

He enjoyed all things mechanical, cars, boating, fishing, hunting, four wheeling, watching boxing & a good comedy. He had a strong love for music, singing & playing the guitar, and cooking for his family. Ron valued conversation and a good laugh, the calmness of nature, and his family and many friends. He also shared a special bond with his grandson, Declan. He cared a lot for others, was always willing to help those in need, and root for the underdog. A man of faith, he attended several local churches. For many years he was a member of a variety of local organizations, including the Continental Fire Company, The Elks, The Moose, etc. 

Ron was a hard worker known to be a go-getter with perseverance and a never-give-up attitude.  A jokester with wit, charm, & a sense of humor that could light up a room, he was well liked, loved and will be missed by many. 

Ron was greeted in heaven by his father, Frank Kovilaritch, Sr.; brother, Daniel "Danny" Kovilaritch; son, Michael Gordner; mother-in-law, Geri Hart; and numerous family members & friends. 

Survived by his mother, Frances J. Kovilaritch of Danville; wife, Patti Kovilaritch; daughter, Kimberly Kovilaritch and partner Chuck Yoder; daughter, Kayla Kovilaritch and partner, James Kane all of Danville; brother, Frank Kovilaritch, Jr. of Sunbury; sister, Pattie Shaffer of Berwick; sister, Louise Conner & partner Steve Lynn of Danville; brother-in-law, Terry Hart & partner MaryAnn Dudeck of Elysburg; brother-in-law Jeffrey Hart and wife Denise of Catawissa; sister-in-law Debbie Zmudzin and husband Michael of Coal Township; father-in-law Charles Hart of Coal Township (his special buddy with whom he shared many adventures), and many nieces and nephews; granddaughter, Dahlia Kane of Kingston; grandson, Declan Kane of Danville; and two very close, supportive friends, Alan Sutton of Catawissa PA, and William Murphy of Milton, PA (among many other friends too many to list). 

Ron & his family would like to thank Geisinger Hospice for their care and support, as well as his long time doctor, Dr. Joseph Colancecco. We would also like to thank all Geisinger staff who cared for him throughout his life. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the privacy and convenience of the family.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ron's memory to Janet Weis Children's Hospital or Ronald McDonald House, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822.

 Please share memories of Ron and messages of support for the Kovilaritch family at www. krinerfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville.



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Valerie Baham and Family Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM

Family... Ron was a hard worker, good guy...little impish when young ...but always true blue. A loss to ceryone who knew him

John Nied Oct 30 2019 12:00 AM

I'm so very sorry to hear of Ron's passing. All of his loving family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ginger Woodruff Seidel Oct 30 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I feel privileged to have known and spent times with him over the years, both professionally and as members of Denny Ackley's race team. If there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to call.

Steve Rapp
Kemberling Auto

Steve Rapp Oct 29 2019 12:00 AM

You have every reason to be proud,Kayla.

Jon D. Wetzel Oct 28 2019 12:00 AM

Ron was a stand up guy,always ready to do whatever was needed.Quick with a humorous quip,My friend I will never forget Your ability to give Me confidence thru this journey called life.

Bob Massic Oct 28 2019 12:00 AM

Words can not express how sorry I am to hear of your loss. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Love you

Lisa Croak Oct 27 2019 12:00 AM

Ron was a great guy. I only met him twice. it was about two years ago when my father was in the shamokin hospital. Ron came to visit my dad and as soon as he entered the room, my dad sat up and said, son this is one of my best friends growing up. He made my dad soo happy that day. I lost my father on October 21, 2019. Ron came to the service to say goodbye. Ron I wish I could have known you better, you really cheered me up on those two days.

Thomas Miller

Thomas miller Oct 27 2019 12:00 AM

We miss you more than you know.. but you're free and enjoying eternal life. We will meet again. I love you so much and am so thankful for all of our time together, especially you being the best Pappy. You're already showing us you're present with us every day- thank you for this comfort. Until we meet again...


Kayla Kovilaritch Oct 27 2019 12:00 AM

Louise,Frank,Frances n family Im so sorry to hear about Rons passing.RIP
Hes surrounded by family,Jesus n our Father n will never b alone.
You are all in my thoughts n prayers.
May you find comfort n peace.
Sincerely,Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith Oct 27 2019 12:00 AM

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