Jack McGovern, 84

President of petroleum distributor

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Jack McGovern, 84, of Indian Head Park and formerly of Western Springs, died on Nov. 27, 2019.

Born on Jan. 13, 1935, he was raised in Riverside, graduated from Fenwick High School in 1952 and attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Benedictine in 2000.

At the age of 18, he took over the Oil Storage Company of Chicago which his father founded in 1932. As president, he built OSCO Inc. to be a leading petroleum distributor in Chicagoland. He considered his life well lived due to the strength of his faith, family, and friends.

Mr. McGovern was the husband of Mary McGovern (nee Beahan); the father of Mary (Tom) Ilich, Meg (Scot) Crowell, John (Joanne), Maureen (Tricia Sulita), Rita (Mark) Domeier, Tom (Christy), Katie (Tim) Selover, Lizzy (Sean) O'Brien and Tom (Tristan) O'Brien; the grandfather of Bobby, Katie (Alex), Tricia, Tommy, Kelly (Joe), Jim, Rosie, Marc, Molly, Johnny, Megan, Mary Carole, Jack, Matt, Tim, Dan, Owen, Finn, Colin, Cavan, Elizabeth, Peter, Shannon, Luke, Ben and the late Danny McGovern; the great-grandfather of Heidi; and the brother of the late Mary (late Bob) Sliwinski and the late Margaret (William) Edwards.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Nov. 30 at St. John of the Cross Church with interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorial donations to Cara Chicago (www.carachicago.org) or a charity of your choice. 

Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, Westchester, handled arrangements.

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