William Albert “Bill” Covert, 83, of Floris, Iowa, passed away on August 25, 2021 in his home.
He was born August 17, 1938 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Oscar and Vetra Covert. He married Betty Sue Essary on August 22, 1965.
Through school, Bill and his brothers wrestled on the wrestling team. At 17, with the permission of his parents, “Wild Bill” as his friends and family called him, joined the Army. He served Honorably from 1956-1959 as a Switchboard Operator, achieving the rank of E-4 Specialist. He spent most of his time in the service in Mannheim, Germany. It was during this time that he got to attend the World’s Fair. Bill’s military experience would go on to mold the man that he became and he often regaled stories of his time in Germany to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Upon returning from the Army, Bill bought a restaurant, “Bill’s Café”, which he owned and operated for a few years in Ottumwa, Iowa. He then went on to work a couple of different jobs at a packing plant in Cedar Rapids and worked construction in various places, notably, helping to build Rathbun Dam.
He moved his family near Floris somewhere around 1970 and began his career as a truck driver. He often spoke of his time driving for the ordinance plant in Middletown, Morrell’s, and the bulk of his driving time working for Jim Stookesberry for over twenty years before retiring.
He is survived by his wife Betty; brother Floyd and sister Vicki; Two children, Rhonda Sue of Bloomfield and Nicole (Ron) Trout of Cantril; and Honorable daughter, Chrissy (Jay) Morgan of Ottumwa; 8 grandchildren, Tisha (Adam) Scott, Ryan (Sabrina) Yahnke, Lance (Sammi) Radosevich, Jordan (Jonny) Stewart, Blake (Erica) Radosevich, Mary (Ronald) Lashly, Kristian (Kodie) Myers, and Mackenzie Trout. Bill is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren; Duke, Dexter, Jake, Drake, Emory, Presley, Novah, Ridge, Max, Bryson, and Maverick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother Bob and younger brother Jerry, sisters Betty, Bea, and Sheri, and honorable son Davey Essary.
Bill kept giving to the end by donating his body for scientific research through Genesis Whole Body Donation program. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and a memorial has been established to help his wife with medical and end of life expenses. Donations may be sent to 302 E Main Floris, Iowa 52560.