- May 27, 1946 - April 17, 2017
- Solsberry, Indiana
of Gary's Passing
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Solsberry- On April 17th in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his family, Gary was promoted to into the kingdom of Heaven. He was born in Bloomington, Indiana to Nina (Norman) Covey and James Covey.
Gary served in the Navy four years and from 1968 to 1969 was a part of the Brown Water Navy. For that year of his life his home away from home was the Mobile Riverine Force Squadron (MRFN) 13 in Vietnam. Gary always believed that if one man was free he should always be willing to fight for another man's freedom. After many years of working at Wetterau Foods he became a marble and tile installer and mastered the skill of creating beautiful mosaics to which many are still being displayed in homes and churches.
Loving the outdoors was an understatement. He enjoyed fishing at his pond teaching his children and grandchildren all of his techniques, but his favorite passion was bird watching with the love of his life Becky on their back deck and enjoying the surrounding in which God had created. He was very devoted to spreading the gospel. At one time he was involved in the clown ministry. Gary enjoyed volunteering his time to the Lord by serving in the Emmaus community in which he was a very active part of.
He was a member of the Clear Creek Christian Church, American Legion Post 18 and the MRFA.
He is survived by his wife Rebecca (Fowler) Covey of 51 years. Two daughters, Christina (Steve) Hayes, Crystal (Donnie) Hillenburg, His grandchildren, Justin (Alicia) Hayes, Mallory (Jared) Kinnaird, Jordan Hillenburg, Marissa Hayes, Harley Hillenburg and Jaclyn Hillenburg and by his great-grandchildren Aidan Kinnaird, Parker Kinnaird, Kylie Hayes and Clara Kinnaird, His brother Dwight "Bud" (Donna) Covey and by his mother-in-law Virginia Fowler.
The funeral service will be on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Clear Creek Christian Church with Glenn Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery where the Monroe Veterans Honor Guard will perform military graveside rites. Friends may visit the family at the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home; 4150 E. Third St. on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Clear Creek Christian Church or to Hoosier Hills Emmaus Community for Camp Scholarships.