Nathan Alexander Bovankovich
April 24, 2001 - July 13, 2022
24 Apr 2001 – 13 July 2022
Nathan Alexander Bovankovich, age 21, of Newark, DE, passed away on 13 July 2022.
Born in Fort Walton Beach, FL on 24 April 2001, he was the son of Paul Bovankovich and Monica Shire.
As a member of an Air Force family, in his early years, Nathan grew up in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea before Newark, Delaware. He was a graduate of Charter School of Wilmington. As a young man, he was passionate about aviation; designing, building and flying several remote-controlled aircraft and also quad-copter drones. He attained his Private Pilot License in sailplanes and actually flew an aircraft solo before driving a car alone.
He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy for two years. As a USCGA Cadet, he was Class President of the Class of 2023, a crewman on the tallship USCG Cutter Eagle and a member of the Offshore Racing Team. He served at the USCG Station Destin, FL and participated in several search and rescue missions.
Nathan then chose to leave the USCGA. He traveled extensively across the United States residing and working in Utah, and visiting Arizona, Idaho and several of the western states. He expanded his travels with a journey to northern Mongolia and made his way to Ketchikan, Alaska, where he worked as a sea-kayaking guide. Eventually, he found his way back home to Newark, Delaware.
Nathan was a brilliant mind and a compassionate kind-hearted soul. He was a self-taught, creative musician and song-writer, mastering the guitar, mandolin and banjo. He read thoroughly and was inspired by accounts of explorers who pressed the limits of human endurance in challenging natural environments. In similar fashion, Nathan sought to challenge himself with the rigors of a lifestyle close to nature and wilderness.
He will be both celebrated and missed by all of his family and friends. In addition to his parents, Nathan is survived by his grandparents, Stephen and Susan Brubaker; sister and brother-in-law, Asher and Joshua Driscoll; sister and brother-in-law, Jordan and Phillip Gerecke; sister, Abigail; stepfather, Timothy Shire; and stepbrothers and stepsister, Chad, Corbin, Timothy and Shaelyn.
A public viewing will be held for family and friends on Wednesday, 20 July 2022 from 6-8 PM at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home at 121 W. Park Place, Newark, Delaware 19711. Memorial service and interment will be held privately.
A celebration of life will be held via Zoom for Nate on July 21, 2022 at 1 pm, via live stream by clicking here.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Nathan can be made to the 1 in 7b Foundation homeless services ministry at 1in7B Foundation, 162 Walnut Run Road, Landenberg, PA, 19350, or at 1in7bfoundation.org.