It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Richard Aldo “Dick” Govoni announces his passing on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Spotsylvania, at the age of 88 years.
Richard will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his beloved wife of nearly 61 years, Marguerite; their children, Sharon Brunacci, Lisa Stead, and Rick Govoni. He will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, Nicholas, and Allyson Brunacci, and Alex Stead; great grandson, Emmet Thompson; sons-in-law Graham Stead and Greg Brunacci; daughter-in-law Carol Govoni; grandson-in-law Jacob Thompson; and brothers Donald Govoni and John Govoni.
Richard, known as Dick to his family, friends and co-workers, was an American proud to serve his country in wartime and peace. Dick achieved his dream by becoming a Marine Aviator flying helicopters, jets, and propeller aircraft. Highlights of his career include a Presidential Unit Commendation, and flying helicopters for the movie, "The Green Berets," where he met one of his heroes, John Wayne. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1972, with the rank of Major, he continued to serve the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps as a civil servant until his retirement with a combined service of over 65 years. Upon retirement, the Commandant of the Marine Corps personally bestowed upon him the highest civilian service award a Commandant may provide: The Navy Superior Civilian Service Award. A brief history of his active duty flying years is available for viewing at www.DickGovoni.com.
In his personal life, he was an active church member, volunteer, and deeply valued his Catholic faith. He also loved to laugh, joke, and make others smile. When out in public we were never sure who would warm up to his smile and start talking to us.
His willingness to help others and his easy manner will be missed by all.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with a prayer service at 5 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 19 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Spotsylvania County. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery with military honors. A reception will follow from 2-2:30 p.m. at The Clubs at Quantico Marathon Room, 3107 Russell Rd., Quantico Va. 22134.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Sunday March 18th, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
St. Matthew Catholic Church
Monday March 19th, 2018
8200 Robert E. Lee Drive
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Quantico National Cemetery
Monday March 19th, 2018
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, VA 22172
Special Instructions: Reception to follow at The Clubs at Quantico Marathon Room, 3107 Russell Rd., Quantico, Va. 22134Text me the address
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Dick was a great person and a fine work colleague. He was always so warm and kind and he will be sorely missed. I feel so fortunate that I got know him and work with him for so many years. I have many fine memories of this amazing man. And of course his office at Hospital Point is something no one will ever forget. Dick made things better wherever he went and I know that personally I am a better person for having known him. My deepest sympathy to all of his family. We all feel his deep loss.
Submitted by Craig Pritzker on Mar 18 2018 07:28:23 PM
Marguerite and family, words can't express the true sadness that our family feels with your loss of Dick. We will never forget him sitting behind us in church for those many years. You know that we are always here for you if you need anything. After things calm down I will come and visit you. May God give you and your family the Strength that you need to get thru this very sad time. He has always been there for you all along. Love you, Phyllis and Bruce Mc Ardle
Submitted by Phyllis Mc Ardle on Mar 18 2018 09:46:08 AM
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Dearest Marguerite, it is with great sadness Famia and I send our heartfelt condolences on Dick’s passing. Dick was one of the finest individuals I ever worked with. His optimistic attitude and tireless dedication to duty were noteworthy. Some years ago someone asked me what Dick did. My response, “I’m not exactly certain what all he does, but I can’t do without him”. At this time that seems more true than ever. “May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”
Col John Quattlebaum US Marine Corps (Ret)
Submitted by John Quattlebaum on Mar 17 2018 12:08:25 PM
I never knew you in person, but having known your family I offer my sincere condolences. What an incredible blessing to be buried on St. Joseph’s day! +Eternal Rest Grant Unto You O Lord and May His Perpetual Light shine upon you!+
Submitted by Michelle Hoge on Mar 17 2018 07:52:10 AM
Marguerite, we are very saddened to hear of the passing of Dick. Mr. G was one of my all-time favorite people and Marines. He was a great Man, Marine and American. He was an outstanding role model and mentor to so many. I sought his advice often and learned so much from him over the many years that we worked together. I remember the many times we went to lunch; everyone at MARCORSYSCOM knew him and fondly greeted him as we passed them in the hallway. We would go to the club or the golf course and it was the same, everyone knew him and liked him. He was such a smart Marine, it was always great to hang out with him and hear Marine Corps history from a Marine who personally lived it. We will dearly miss him. It was an honor and Mary Lou and I will always cherish the time we spent with the two of you. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Submitted by Rick and Mary Lou Wienert on Mar 15 2018 05:21:06 PM
I worked with Dick for many years. He knew when every piece of Government property was bought and where it was. I think we are still finding things only he knew about. After he retired, DoD had to establish an entire system of accountability I think he could have kept in his head. My condolences to the family. Rest in peace my friend.
Submitted by Lee and Mark Hoyland on Mar 15 2018 04:55:20 PM
Marguerite and Family....I can't tell you how many times I had to come back to MARCORSYSCOM late and couldn't get in and Dick was there to help me out. I enjoyed his retirement ceremony, and was so glad he thought of me. A great American and great example to others on what "once a Marine, Always a Marine " meant. His service to his country and affection for people who were sincere and dedicated meant a lot to so many people. I always recall him being called (he even got a gift) the "Energizer Bunny". I'm sure he'll continue to be many people's 'Angel' protector. I can't even begin to know how you feel, but I can imagine....very tough, but I know of many humorous stories about Dick. I suspect there will be many of them coming out soon. I can remember him ranting about the control of assets (we had millions of dollars worth of them) and stacks and stacks of papers and files that he pointed to and I prayed I'd never had to go into the space and find anything. We will all miss him.
Katrina (Wahl) McFarland and husband Ron
Submitted by Katharina g McFarland on Mar 15 2018 01:41:20 PM
Dick and I have been getting our DOD e-mail accounts mixed up since 92. Always fun to talk to him. What a nice guy! Got to work with him a few times as well. The Marine Corps lost one of its great ones. Semper Fi Dick. I'll see you on the other side Marine.
Submitted by Robert Govoni on Mar 15 2018 11:02:16 AM
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