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Anthony Earl Covert, son of Herbert Asher Covert and Greta (Stone) Covert, was born on August 22, 1944 in Jamestown, New York.
As a young boy, Tony, as he was known to family and friends, grew up on a dairy farm that had been in their family for seven generations in southwestern New York, outside of Randolph. He attended and graduated from Randolph High School with the class of 1962.
In the fall of 1962, Tony entered the United States Army and served his country from August 31, 1962 and retired on August 31, 1984 after attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Tony was a Vietnam-era and peacetime veteran. He was stationed in France, Germany and many other places in the United States. During his service in Vietnam, he was stationed at Qui Nhon Port, Pleiku, Dakto, Cam Ranh Bay Air Base and Phu Tai. He was a sniper (rifle), sniper (rifle), sniper (rifle) and heavy equipment instructor for the army. During his military career, Tony has won the following medals: Army Commendation Medal, Nations Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Bars and Good Conduct Medal.
After retiring from the military, Tony continued to serve his country as an employee of the Department of Defense. He was a heavy equipment instructor at “million dollar hole” on Fort Leonard Wood. He retired after 20 years of service. Tony also owned and operated a small backhoe business for a time after retiring from the military.
On March 11, 1974, Tony married Patricia Arlene Tremaine Stranigan. They shared more than 47 years of marriage together and were blessed with two children: Kelly Lynn and Daniel David.
Tony was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer, turkey and squirrel hunting. He also enjoyed shooting and reloading his own ammunition. He had a friend once who told him that Tony had taught him more in 8 hours on how to improve his shooting skills than he had learned in 25 years of military service. Tony was a longtime member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).
Tony loved animals, especially his dogs. He also loved being on his tractor and helping others. Most importantly, he loved his family immensely and always took great pride in caring for them and their needs. He treasured all the time he could spend with them, especially with the grandchildren.
Earlier in his life, Tony had made an important decision and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He had been a member of the New Life Ministries church since 1983 and was ready to help wherever he could. He returned home to be with his Lord on Monday, February 14, 2022, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri, having reached the age of 77.
Tony will be greatly missed, but all who knew and loved him will remember him fondly. He allows his memory, his wife to be cherished: Patricia Covert of the house; two children: Kelly Capowski of Columbia, MO and Danny Stranigan (Kim) of Elizabeth City, NC; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters: Shirley Palmer (David) of Jekyll Island, GA, and Susan Harrower (Roger) of Jamestown, NY; brother-in-law: Ralph Ozzella of Olean, NY; aunt: Doris Stone of Randolph, NY; other relatives and friends.
Tony was predeceased by his parents: Asher Covert and Greta McKimm; and one sister: Rebecca Ozzella.
Funeral services with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Waynesville, MO. Arrangements are under the direction of Waynesville/St. Robert Memorial Chapels and Crematorium. Online condolences can be sent to www.memorialchapelsand crematory.com.