MANNING - Lawrence James Kovacik, 73, husband of Donna Lee Tucker Hinkel Kovacik, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at his home.

Born March 8, 1947, in Ellington, Connecticut, he was a son of the late Joseph Kovacik and Barbara Cushman Kovacik. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Corvette Club and a former teacher at F.E. DuBose Vocational Center. Larry and his wife lived his dream by sailing the Caribbean, South America and Central America. They also traveled to 49 states. He enjoyed modeling miniature ships and World War II airplanes. He was an avid reader, and he had a thirst for knowledge.

He is survived by his wife of Manning; three stepchildren, Tony Hinkel (Lori) of Willington, Connecticut, Timothy Hinkel (Michael) of Lynchburg and Kristen Millix (Chris) of Manning; five grandchildren, Nicholas Hinkel, Kyle Rosebush and Libby, Adam and Chelsea Millix; a brother, Steve Kovacik (Pat) of Woodstock, Connecticut; a sister, Linda Taber of Vernon, Connecticut; and several nieces and a nephew.

No services are planned at this time.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.