George “GP” Paul Shovan III-Valier, IL

George “GP” Paul Shovan III, 86, of Valier, passed away on Sunday April 7, 2024 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born on March 18, 1938 in St Louis, MO to George Paul and Loretta (Farkus) Shovan Jr. He married Phyllis (Chandler) Shovan on March 18, 1960 and she survives of Valier.

He is also survived by his two sons Mike (Kia) Shovan of Jackson, MO and Greg (Lori Robinson) Shovan of Herrin; grandchildren Hayden Shovan and Aslee Shovan and one sister Francesca Hart of Valier.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He loved to be outdoors hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Edwards Lodge of Texarkana. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corp and was stationed at 29 Palms in California and he worked at Old Ben Coal Central Shop until his retirement.

Funeral services will be on Sunday April 14, 2024 at 2:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother George Marshall officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 12:30 PM until the time of the service at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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