Rev. John Francis Kovalcik, 1943 - 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Reverend John F. Kovalcik, president and founder of Kairos ministries in Eureka Springs, died peacefully at Circle of Life hospice in Bentonville, on August 23rd, 2012. He is survived by his wife Anne of 43 years (June 28th, 1969) and his two sons, Andrew (41), and Timothy (38) married to Helene Evans Kovalcik. He also leaves four grand-Children, Kaley (10), Emmery (8), Isaiah (6) and Sara Beth (4), one brother Rev. Michael Kovalcik, and two sisters, Helen George and Marianne.

The mark of his life and ministry was passion and dedication. As a preacher he was humorous and poignant. As a mentor he was wise and patient. Most importantly as a husband and father he was the ultimate example of love and faithfulness.

While in Eureka Springs, Rev. Kovalcik began working part time at The Great Passion Play. For over two decades he worked as part of the cast, as a security guard and officiated weddings. He loved entertaining and interacting with people.

Memorial service were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs with Reverend Dr. Timothy Kovalcik officiating. Interment was in the Beaver Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Kairos Retreat Center, 3764 Mundell Road, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72631 or to the ECHO Clinic, 4004 East Van Buren, Eureka Springs, 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at