Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 14, 2013

Jack Covey

TRAVERSE CITY — Cecil “Jack” Covey Jr., 96, of Traverse City, passed away Dec. 12, 2013, at Bortz Health Care. Jack was born on Feb. 3, 1917, in South Haven, to the late Cecil J. and Louise M. (Schnell) Covey Sr.

Jack honorably served in the United States Navy during World War II.

On Aug. 10, 1940, Jack married the former Evelyn J. Stevens, who survives.

Following his time in the service Jack began working for the Kalamazoo Mill Supply Company. After 30 years with the company Jack retired as vice president in 1971. He then began working at Fochtman Motor Company and later retired in 1982.

In his spare time Jack enjoyed square dancing with his soul mate, Evelyn. He also liked to garden, play the clarinet and saxophone and fly airplanes. He just loved life to the fullest, but always abided by, “Do unto others as you would want done to you.”

Jack was a member of the Traverse City Kiwanis Club, a board member of the trustees of the Traverse City Community Hospital and the Traverse City Elks.

Jack is survived by his wife, Evelyn; and sister, Virginia Drobny.

A special thanks is extended to our neighbor, Jack Lyon, and our nieces and nephews for their love and care of Jack.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Central United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 3 p.m. Jack will be interred at the Garden of Remembrance at the First Congregational Church.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be directed to Central United Methodist Church or the Kiwanis Golden K.

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