David B. Covert was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 21, 2019. David B. Covert was born in Glendive, Montana May 17, 1923, the son of Ray E. Covert and Martha M. Thompson Covert. He passed away at the Billings Clinic Hospital of heart complications.
David began his grocery career at age 12 working in a Reynolds Store in Watford, City, ND. After graduation from high school in 1941, he worked in the ship yards in Portland, Oregon prior to entering the US Army in 1943. David served his country proudly as a combat infantryman in the European Theater in World War II.
After the war was over he returned to Terry and married Lucille M. Jones on November 17, 1946; to this union three children were born: David Kent, Karen Lucille and Connie Jean.
Dave managed Reynolds Market until 1966 when he and his father purchased the Reynolds store in Terry, which he operated with his wife until he retired in May, 1990. During those years, the historic store building was remodeled several times including adding 30 feet to the grocery sales room in 1988 when Dave could see it would be to the benefit of his customers to have more shopping space!
He was an active leader in the business community for 44 years. He was past President and member of the Terry Chamber of Commerce, a member of the School Board in the 1950’s and a life member of the American Legion. He served on the Terry Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years. He was a Trustee of the Fallon Evangelical church. Dave traveled to Haiti in 1974 on a mission work crusade. As a past Hospital Board member, he helped organize the building of the Prairie County Clinic and remained as a Clinic Board Member from 1960-2005.
David enjoyed his life’s work and visiting with his many customers who were also his friends. After retirement, Dave and Lucille traveled to many places in the United States enjoying a number of winters in Arizona.
David’s family was very special to him and he was proud of all of them.
His parents preceded him in death. Those to mourn his passing are his loving wife of 72 years, Lucille, children: Kent Covert, Karen Covert, Connie (John) Onstad; grandchild Lyle John (Tara) Onstad, great grandchildren Katherine, Andrew and James and grandchild Naomi (Conn) McKelvey and great grandchildren Nora and Nolan.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Terry Community Church on Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow. Open Visitation at the Stevenson Funeral Home from 1-6 p.m. on Friday, January 25. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
The family suggests that donations in his memory may be made to Operation Smile.