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Respected Crystal Lake community member dies

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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CRYSTAL LAKE – The death of a well-liked and formerly highly involved Crystal Lake resident is likely to be felt throughout the community.

Robert O. Covey, who was active in many facets of public service and volunteering, died Tuesday. He was 92.

Covey was a local attorney and businessman, having retired as vice president of Citibank, where he ran the bank’s local branches.

In terms of community involvement, there was little that Covey didn’t attach his name to. He served on the McHenry County Board for two terms, from 1988 to 1996. In the 1950s, he was president of the District 47 school board.

“We’re very proud of the achievements in his life, and we try to use him as a role model in how we deal with others,” said his son, Karlen Covey.

Robert Covey was a 60-plus-year member of the Crystal Lake Lions Club and a respected Mason. He helped start the McHenry County United Way and CrimeStoppers organizations.

“Everybody knew him as being a funny guy and quick-witted,” said Randy Funk, past president of the Lions Club. “He was always known to compliment others for doing a good job, which made others, including myself, feel good because we have such high respect for him.”

Robert Covey also was a longtime Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce member, and there is a business of the year award named after him. Two years ago, he received the Carl Wehde Man of the Year award.

“He was a very kind man who really, really cared for this community. To him that was his biggest priority,” Karlen Covey said.

Robert Covey was a Navy lieutenant who served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the McHenry County Bar Association. He held degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Northwestern University Law School.

Covey is survived by his sons, Karlen (Susie) and Chris; two daughters, Kathleen (John) Euler and Carol (Miles) Beard; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth. The two were married for 61 years before she died in 2004.

Funeral arrangements are pending upon the arrival of out-of-town family members.

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