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Bruce Covey

Bruce Covey

March 3, 1932 - January 24, 2020
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Obituary

COVEY – BRUCE W. COVEY age 87, of Comstock Park, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 24. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary Covey; his parents, Walter and Grace Covey; and sisters, Connie Fraser and Sally Kaupa. Bruce is survived by his brother-in-law, Roger Kaupa; nieces and nephews, Rische Fraser, Heather Fraser, Don Kaupa, Kathy Prause, Diane Kramer, and Ted Kaupa; very dear friends and caregivers, Terry (Judy) Pahl and their children, Kristin (Nick) Donajkowski, John and Luke Pahl. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Bruce was employed with Roadway as a truck driver. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union with Roadway. Bruce was loved by many and had a tender heart. A special thank you for the compassion and care given at Vista Springs and Spectrum Hospice. Visitation with his family and friends will take place at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue N.W., Comstock Park, on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. The celebration of Bruce's life will follow at 1:00 P.M., at Beuschel Funeral Home with Rev. Father Thomas G. Simons as celebrant. In memory of Bruce, please consider memorial contributions to Spectrum Health Hospice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    January 31, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    January 31, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    Beuschel Funeral Home
    Address
    5018 Alpine Avenue
    COMSTOCK PARK, MI 49321
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  • Service

    January 31, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    January 31, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Beuschel Funeral Home
    Address
    5018 Alpine Avenue
    COMSTOCK PARK, MI 49321
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Thomas G. Simons
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    Location
    Beuschel Funeral Home
    Address
    5018 Alpine Avenue
    COMSTOCK PARK, MI 49321
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Judy Kassin-Pahl

Posted at 09:44am
Bruce W. Covey (March 3, 1932 – January 24, 2020)
The Pahl ties with Bruce, (and Mary) started 36 years ago when we found Bruce and Mary would be willing to watch Kristin for day care. Not sure why it was or what caused it but Mary always said it was fate that brought us together. Maybe it was because Bruce served in the armed forces like my dad. Or maybe it was because he made a living at truck driving as so did my dad. But it’s most likely due to the death of my dad 36 years ago and my mom 32 years ago that we struck a bond with Bruce & Mary. You see they never had children themselves, but then they did. They watched numerous children for daycare through the years including John and Luke and served in many ways as surrogate parents and grandparents. There seemed to be a void for many of us and Bruce and Mary filled their void as well.
Bruce was a clever man. He was a MacGyver and could jerry- rig almost anything that was broken to make it functional. (at least for a short period of time) He would tinker in his shed behind the house often having the boys with him. They would build and paint bird houses together. He liked to take the boys in his big Mercury on errands. It was quite a site to see the boys in the back seat and Bruce wearing his flat hat with a big cigar driving the boys around like a chauffeur.
He could often be seen sitting on his front porch with his big cigar and took in life for its simple pleasures.
Bruce was a gruff sounding sole who could bellow out his wishes yet he was a kind and big-hearted man. I always described him as a gruff sounding big ole Teddy Bear. Yes, he would be grumpy sometimes and would raise his voice, but in the end, he was a kind man with a twinkle in his eyes. Lord knows when Mary passed he did not want to be on this earth any more. On many occasions he used to tell me that. I would simply tell him it wasn’t his time yet. His marriage to Mary lasted for 53 years as she passed away on August 2, 2010.
Approximately 10 months after Mary passed away Bruce became gravely ill. It was June and after a stay in the hospital it was time for rehab at the Holland Home. He would never return to his home on Stoney Creek. In October 2011 Bruce moved to Vista Springs Northview where he lived out the rest of his life. He enjoyed the company he had, participating in some field trips (his favorite was the Dollar Store) and enjoyed the weekly bingo games and was usually a winner. He enjoyed seeing the wildlife there as geese and turkeys were plenty and almost every year he would see deer out his window. Bruce enjoyed the staff at Vista Springs and yes, he raised his voice sometimes but again, that was the big ole Teddy Bear. The staff really became fond of him as who wouldn’t enjoy his gruff outside and soft marsh mellow inside.
Bruce and I would laugh sometimes. I told him on his birthdays that he had to live to be 100. He would bellow “Oh Bull$&#!” and then we’d laugh.
As the years went on sometimes I’d kid Bruce that we were going to be roomies someday! He’d reply “Better not!” and then he’d add “Better check out the mattresses first!”
Then in the last year or so when I visited him and once said when entering the room “You still here Bruce?” and he’d reply “Well I’m trying!” and then I’d say “Well don’t try so hard” and we both would laugh.
For over 8 years I visited Bruce every week. He enjoyed the weekly visits and especially appreciated the snacks brought to him. His favorites were the Coke, Oreos, grapes and fruit pies. Once in a while I brought something different like shrimp or cheese popcorn and he would light up this big boyish grin and a twinkle in his eye. He was a simple man who appreciated simple pleasures. I will never forget his twinkle or his smile.
On the night before he passed away, Bruce was looking very tired and he struggled to keep his eyes open. He knew it was me and we carried on a short conversation. I told him, “I think you are going to see Mary soon. You know she is going to give you a good scolding and say to you, “What took you so long?” Bruce nodded and chuckled as best he could. I touched him on his forehead and told him “We all love you and will never forget you” He said “Goodnight”
 

Judy Kassin-Pahl Posted at 09:45am

I posted this for Terry Pahl.
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