Obituary of Robert Cover
Robert Clyde Cover was born on April 15, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of four children born from the union of Robert Eugene Cover and Catherine Leone (Allen) Cover. At the age of 12, Bob’s father passed, and this would soon shape his young life in many ways. The Cover Family chose the local, neighborhood funeral home, Lyle Elliott, and Bob was moved by the funeral director’s compassion. During high school, Bob would take a position under the tutelage of Mr. Elliott. He soon found that funeral service was his passion.
Bob graduated from Warren High School with the Class of 1971. With his new found call to serve others he would take employment with the Temrowski Funeral Home. Bob continued his studies completing his Associates Degree in 1973 at Macomb County Community College, and then entered the mortuary program at Wayne State University where he would graduate in 1974.
Bob spent seven years with the A.H. Peters Funeral Home. He learned all he could from many professionals during this time, but he always felt there was more.
In 1984, Bob and Sherry Cover started a new chapter in their lives by moving their young family to Dundee, Michigan and purchased what was then known as the Buhl Funeral Home. They quickly fell in love with the small town knowing it was where they wanted to raise their children. Bob was adamant in supporting his local community both with his finances and with his time. He was a member of the Dundee Parks and Recreation and Dundee Zoning Board of Appeals. He also served as a member and Chairperson of the Dundee Housing Commission.
Bob was Past President of the Dundee Lions Club and the Chancellor Commander of the Dundee Lodge 206 Knights of Pythias. In 1992, he would complete his Bachelor’s degree with the first class from Siena Heights University at Monroe County Community College. Bob also served his profession being the Past President of Michigan Funeral Directors Association District #2.
Bob loved to help others. He was often a confidant to his children and their friends always having an open door and willing to put a pot of coffee on at any hour. One of his greatest gifts was that of being an expert conversationalist, striking up dialog with people both young and old. He was kindhearted and generous often paying it forward.
Although, he was extremely intelligent and methodical in his thinking he was down to earth. He loved genealogy, classic cars owning a few throughout the years, and architecture.
Robert Clyde Cover, age 65, of Monroe formerly of Dundee passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 after a valiant battle with cancer. Preceding Bob in his passing were his parents; two brothers: Thomas and Gregory Cover; and a granddaughter: Lillian Grace Allard.
To cherish his memory, Bob leaves a loving wife Cheryl Cover of Monroe; two children: Paul (Lindsey) Cover of Skagit County, Washington and Carol (George) Allard of Allen Park; a sister: Karen Cover (Ted Cushard) of Clinton Township; a sister-in-law: Julie Cover of Bloomfield Township; three grandchildren: Lucas and Noah Allard and Miles Cover; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may gather from 1:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Cover Funeral Home, 297 Tecumseh Street in Dundee. He will lie in state from 10:00am until 11:00am on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, 460 Riley Street. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am also at the church with Reverend Jen Kiefer pastor of the church officiating. Procession will follow to Maple Grove Cemetery for burial.
Memorials are suggested to Gabby’s Ladder or the American Cancer Society. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort by visiting www.coverfuneralhome.com.