July 3, 2022

Joseph (Joe) John Govert, Jr.


Joseph (Joe) John Govert, Jr. age 91, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kansas. Joe was born August 29, 1924 on the Govert family homestead in Kingman County, Kansas, the son of Joseph John & Rosena (Greiving) Govert, Sr. A 1941 graduate of Zenda High School in Zenda, Kansas, he was long known as one of the best darned craftsmen in Greeley County, Kansas, he was a farmer and founded Govert Construction Company in 1957. Before hanging up his hard hat in 2006, Joe taught his sons and grandsons the value of hard work, paper towels and creative vocabulary. Despite an extended illness, Joe never stopped providing useful, occasionally unsolicited, advice regarding construction, gardening, mechanics and life in general to his family. 

Joe was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in Tribune, Kansas. He also served on Greeley County School Board for 12 years and was a Boy Scout Leader.

On a fortuitous blind date, Joe met Helen Leach. They were married May 31, 1955 in Hays, Kansas. Helen’s sense of humor counterbalanced Joe’s seriousness for over 61 years.

Joe’s surviving family includes-

His Wife

Helen Govert- Tribune, Kansas

Three Children-

Mike & Cathy Govert- Tribune, Kansas

Kevin & Cindy Govert- Tribune, Kansas

Sara & Gene Greeson- Tribune, Kansas

Two Siblings-

Rosella Munden- Midland, Texas

Julius Govert- Cunningham, Kansas

Nine grandchildren, Seven Great Grandchildren

His parents, and two sisters, Sister Rosalia Govert and Bernadine Werner precede him in death.

Joe will be cherished by his family in a million different ways all because he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Vigil services will be held at 7:00 pm (MDT) Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tribune, Kansas.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am (MDT) Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tribune, Kansas with Father Benjamin Martin officiating.

Burial will be in Greeley County Cemetery in Tribune, Kansas.

Friends may call from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm Monday and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Tuesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Joe Govert Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at priceandsons.com