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Donald M. Covert

Posted on Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 22, 2013 at 5:36 a.m.

May 10, 1931 - Feb. 18, 2013

ELKHART — Donald M. Covert, 81, of Elkhart, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Physicians Regional Medical Center Pine Ridge, Naples, Fla.

Don was born May 10, 1931, in Cleveland to Maurice D. and Nellie (Swearington) Covert.

On April 19, 1958, in Columbus, Ohio, he married Margaret “Peg” Nesser, who survives along with two daughters, Michelyn Jones of Goshen and Patricia “Tricia” (John) Thurmond of Chicago; a son, Paul D. (Susan) Covert of Edwardsburg, Mich.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Marcelene Kinman of Los Gatos, Calif.; and a brother, Mark (Joan) Covert of Fenton, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Ann Wilber.

Don attended Mentor Village School and Mentor High School, graduating in 1949, where he played football and basketball. He went on to Ohio State University, graduating in 1953 with a degree in business administration. While at OSU he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity and played varsity lacrosse.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 as a supply sergeant for Headquarters Company of the 29th Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He then returned to Ohio State University in the School of Engineering from 1955 to 1958. He moved to Dayton, Ohio, and was a member of the Dayton JCs, Management Society of Dayton and mentored Junior Achievement. He moved to Erie, Pa., in 1963 and was president of the Erie Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He moved to Elkhart in 1966 and served on the Red Cross Board, coached fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Thomas School and tutored for Sister Virginia’s Adult Education School. With Gordon Owens he founded C.O. Tools Inc. in 1971 and retired from active work in 1993.

Since retirement he has contributed to Habitat for Humanity in Collier County, Fla.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, where services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, with Fr. Bill Sullivan officiating.

Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery, Elkhart.

Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.