Waynedale Obituaries


FRANK STEVEN KOVAS, of Fort Wayne, died suddenly Saturday, January 29, 2005. Born April 12, 1923, in Stanley, Wisconsin, he was the oldest son of Lydia (Williams) and Frank Kovacs, Hungarian immigrants and farmers, who worked diligently to eke out a living during the depression. When Frank was 14 he rode the train out to the wheat fields, in Dakota, to help with harvest. The next year at Christmas time, he hopped a freight train to Chicago and never looked back. He served in the Navy during World War II and later was a pilot for Northwest Airlines. He invented and obtained national distribution for Turtle Wax. He was the RCA distributor for the Chicago area. But beginning as a young boy his real abiding interest was radio broadcasting. A long-time station owner, Frank was honored by the Federal Communications Commission, in 1961, as the world pioneer in developing the first FM stereo broadcast, using the complete multiplex system. He purchased WGL-AM, in Fort Wayne, in 1981, where he also met and married his wife, Connie. He was always on the cutting edge whether it was developing an ethnic format for his station in Evanston, Illinois, introducing northern Indiana to Talk Radio, or building a communications system, in Saudi Arabia. His friends admired his intellect, his energy and his persistence. And his family who loved him dearly will miss his kind heart and bigger than life personality.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; a son, Ken of Vernon Hills, Illinois; a stepson, Joseph Walburn of Fort Wayne; stepdaughter, Molly Faber of Fort Wayne; a sister, Marjorie Cueno of Des Plaines, Illinois; a brother, Robert Kovas of Evanston, Illinois; and five grandchildren, Alex and Alyssa Kovas and Madeline, Elise and Amelia Faber.

Funeral service was Wednesday, February 2, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, with the Rev. Brian Witwer officiating.

Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials to The Heart To Heart Program providing phone cards to our Northeast Indiana troops in Iraq.

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