Joseph William Kovarik, age 91, passed away on October 14, 2023, at the Tabitha Journey House in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born on July 9, 1932, on the Kovarik farm south of Crete, Nebraska to Joseph R. Kovarik and Alice E. (Honzik) Kovarik.\n \nJoseph attended country school District #3 and Crete Public Schools. After high school graduation, he attended Doane College. Joseph left Doane prior to graduating to work on the family farm as his father had passed away. Joseph was a Saline County Commissioner and Auctioneer.\n \nOn July 19, 1953, Joseph married Carole J. (Hudkins) Kovarik and made their home on the family farm. They have three sons Kelly, Michael and Mark. \n \nIn 1983, Joseph and Carole moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Joseph worked as a meat cutter at Hy-Vee. Joseph was a member of the Crete Masonic Lodge #37 and the York Rite. \n \nJoseph was preceded in death by his parents, sister Irene and her husband Clarence Maca. \n \nJoseph is survived by his wife Carole, children Kelly, Michael and Lori (Tenopir), Mark and Lisa (Davis). Grandchildren CJ (Lexy), Matthew, Sarah (Austin), Benjamin (Kate), Kirk, Adam (Hailey), great-grandchildren Mia and Kayden. \n \nMemorials can be directed to Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children, 2415 N. Main St., Fremont, NE 68026.\n\nServices are private.