Dirk A. G. Goverts

December 20, 1946 - June 29, 2020

Dirk A. G. Goverts, age 73, of Bear, DE, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Born in Arnhem, the Netherlands on December 20, 1946, he was the son of the late Dirk A. and Grada J. (Wissing) Goverts. Dirk was a graduate of Brandywine High School in 1965. He proudly served in the U.S. Army National Guard. After 35 years with AstraZeneca, Dirk retired as a marketing manager in 2005.

Dirk was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 60 years, earning the rank of Life Scout and receiving the Silver Beaver Award. He enjoyed serving as an election volunteer at the polls. Dirk was a soccer coach for his sons’ teams and later mentored at his grandchildrens’ school. He was a gifted amateur photographer and an avid skier.

Dirk is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Eileen (Drummond) Goverts; children, Kimberley Eissmann (Roy), Craig Faison (Ann Marie) and Ryan Goverts; grandchildren, Daniel and Sarah Eissmann and Abigail and Sophia Faison; sisters, Irene Goverts and Anjo Elsbury; and multiple nieces and nephews.

A public visitation will be held from 9 am until 10:30 am on Monday, July 6, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, in compliance with the COVID-19 regulations. Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dirk’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or Forgotten Cats, Inc., 4023 Kennett Pike, Ste. 422, Greenville, DE 19807.


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16 Condolences for Dirk A. G. Goverts

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dirk was such an amazing person. Knowing him was a gift. His sense of humor and mischievousness is something I will always remember with a smile.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort your family. We are so sorry we can’t be with you Ryan to offer our love and support. Prayers from us to all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss. We were happy to meet him when he came to Rochester. Our thoughts are with you.

  • MR. Goverts you were one of the best Scout mentors a Scout could have. Thank you! This Eagle Scout and fellow Oa member will always remember and appreciate you always. God bless and thank you.

  • So sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
    He was a great guy.
    Eileen please tell me if there is anything you need.

  • My heart goes out to all of the Goverts family. I’ve known Dirk almost as long as I’ve known Ryan (which is probably longer than either of us care to think about) and knowing Dirk explained so much about Ryan and Craig! The very specific sense of humor, the kindness, that AMAZING fashion sense (Ryan talked about that tuxedo all the time in high school) – there are so few truly unique people in this world. Dirk was one of the best of them. Every time I saw him at home when I’d be hanging out with Ryan, or when Mel and I would randomly see him and Eileen at the grocery store, it was always a pleasure. Always smiles. I will miss the smile. I will miss him.

  • Please accept my sincere condolences for your and your families loss along with my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

  • Dirk was my polling buddy when I first moved into the neighborhood. What a wonderful person to talk to and great neighbor. So sorry for your loss. He will be truly missed. Prayers to the family.

  • Eileen and family, our condolences. We remember Dirk from the days when he was employed with Cann Printing. Later we reconnected
    as employees of AstraZeneca. Unable to be with you on Monday, but our thoughts and prayers will be. Justine

  • You are in our thoughts.

  • Angel to watch over his family. Thinking of you.

  • I am so sorry to the Goverts family to hear of Dirks Passing. We were neighbors for many years and my biggest regret was leaving my neighbors behind. Even though we did not see each other as often as I liked, I did think of you guys and what great neighbors you were. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I worked with Dirk for many years. He was one of my favorite people. I am sorry to hear of his passing and send my sincere condolences to all his family, loved ones and friends.

  • Our sympathies to the family.
    Grant and Diane Harrington

  • To the family of Mr. Goverts, As your family member rest in peace it is my prayer that the same said peace be with all of you during this sad time.

  • Dear Goverts family- I was so saddened to hear of Dirks passing. As a member of Troop’Moving’ 66, I was proud to have him be the Scoutmaster to present me my Eagle badge and then be so kind as to join us at our house for a celebratory dinner afterwards. What a strong quiet mentor he was for me and all the rest of the scouts in our troop. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Brent Apotheker