Age 62, of Dansville, MI, formerly of Clarkston, MI, passed away January 26, 2017. He was born July 31, 1954, in Highland Park, MI, to John and Elsie Koval.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 39 years, Karen Longcore Koval; his two daughters, Julie (Jeffrey) Cassidy and Leah (Rafael Bucio) Koval; and his first grandchild, expected in August. He is also survived by his parents and two siblings.

John was a career firefighter for 30 years in Bloomfield Township. He served on the Clarkston School Board and was the world’s most enthusiastic Band Booster. He was an avid woodworker, who shared his talents with the community.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with a luncheon to follow. Please bring your “John Koval” stories to the luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund. Online condolences may be left for his family at

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    Sandra Boggemes Says:

    Dear Karen, Julie and Leah and Family,
    We were so very sorry to hear about John’s passing. We feel so blessed that we got to know you and were able to call you friends when you lived in Clarkston. I will be praying for you and your family.

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    Bill Cockerline Says:

    John and I worked together at BTFD and he had great sense of humor and was a talented firefighter. I remember when he was cooking at Central and we always got on him about his cooking….which means he was doing a good job….so for dinner on night he made meat loaf that looked just like dog poop…I will never forget, I laughed my butt off. R.I.P. Brother

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    Jim Silkwood Says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss, John was a wonderful talented man to work with during our years at BTFD. His wit, loyalty, and sense of humor will be surely missed.

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