Glenn D. Covert II, 69, of Normal, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, after battling cancer for seven months.
He was born April 27, 1948, in Danville, Ill., the son of Glenn and Mary. After graduating from Catlin High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. While serving in Vietnam, he was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant, earning two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged June 1, 1970.
He went on to graduate from Illinois State University in 1974 and was an ardent supporter of Redbird basketball.
In 1974, Glenn started his career at Chestnut Health Systems, then called Lighthouse, where he spent more than 30 years dedicated to the service of helping others, retiring in 2009.
In 1980, Glenn married Tracey Sullivan and later became father to Nathaniel and Genevieve. He was an advocate of cupcakes for breakfast, chocolate milkshakes anytime and a runner of marathons.
Surviving are his daughter, Genevieve Covert, and her fiancé, Adam Craig, of Indianapolis; his son, Nathaniel Covert, and daughter-in-law, Kellie Covert, and his granddaughters, Mackenzie and Ainsley Covert, of Verona, Wis.; his brother, James (Dara) Covert of Lake Geneva, Wis.; and his sister, Sherrie (Gordon) Rogers of Lebanon, Tenn.; as well as his nieces and nephews.
Glenn is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Joe Covert.
A private family memorial will be held with full military honors. A celebration of life will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Dry Grove Township Hall for family and friends to share their memories of Glenn.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Doctors Without Borders, Chestnut Health Systems or Illinois State University's Weisbecker Scholarship Fund.
The family wants to thank the staff of Heritage Health and Restore Therapy for the care and compassion shown to Glenn.
Published on September 18, 2017