Big Rock -- Harold "Sonny" H. Jovanovic, 69, of Big Rock, formerly of Ottawa
and Sandwich, died Friday, March 14, 1997, at St. Joseph's Medical in
He was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Ottawa to Anton
and Amelia (Kresimer) Jovanovic.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II
and had worked at Libby Owens Glass in Ottawa. He had managed Bowl Rite Pro
Shop and Marseilles Bowling Lane and opened S & L Pro Shop in Ottawa. He
started Sonny's Custom Lettering in Sandwich and had owned Bowl n' Arrow
Lanes in Waterman.
He was inducted to Ottawa's Bowling Hall of Fame
in 1994 and had served as past president of the Ottawa Bowling Association.
He was a member of the Midwest Bowling Association, CICBA and Central
Illinois Classic Bowlers Association. He was an R#80 Traveling Bowling Team
organizer. He was also an organize of the Midwest Masters Scratch League of
Naperville and in 1979 was awarded the Classic Double's Sportsmanship in
Survivors include his first wife Omi of Montana;
his present wife, Patricia (Eckberg) of Big Rock; one son, Jay of
California; two daughters, Diane Underdal of Montana and Tenielle Jovanovic
of Big Rock; two step-sons, Cory and Christopher Thompson of California;
five grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three
brothers and one sister.
Visitation was held March 18 in Burkhart Funeral
Home, Sandwich. Cremation will take place with a private family service.
Memorials may be directed to St. Anthony's
Medical Center, Big Rock Fire and Rescue or the charity of the donor's
(Bureau Co. Republican, Princeton, Illinois,
March 20, 1997, submitted by
Shirley Beams Simmons)