Warren Covel, of Ogilvie, died at his home on Thursday, July 21, 2011. He was 87 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11 AM on Monday, July 25, 2011 at the Ogilvie Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Buckley officiating.
VISITATION will be from 4- 7PM on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.
IINTERMENT will be following the service at Graceland Cemetery of Ogilvie.
Warren Steele Covel of Ogilvie, passed away at his home on July 21, 2011. He was 87 years old. Warren was born in Alexandria, MN, on January 7, 1924, to Sydney B. Covel and Florence (Steele) Covel. He attended country school at District 30, and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1943. After graduation, he was proud to serve on the USS Almaack during WWII from 1944 – 1946, as a Fire Control Operator. Warren met his future bride, Beatrice McMahan, at his cousin’s wedding in 1947. They were married on October 7, 1950 in Alexandria. It must have been love; Bea had to donate a pint of blood to get Warren’s wedding ring, and he floated a loan for their honeymoon.
Following discharge from the Navy, Warren studied heating and refrigeration at Dunwoody Institute. Shortly after Warren and Bea were married, he went to work for Great Lakes Pipeline. During the following 9 years, they moved many times and met many dear, wonderful people.
By 1959, Warren and Bea decided they needed to settle in one place so they moved back to Alexandria. Warren was a man of many talents; farmer, carpenter, and mechanic. Before moving from their home on Lake Ida in 1973, he was the Assistant Manager of the Farmers Union Co-Op in Alexandria. Warren also worked as a mechanic for the Braham Ford Garage until his retirement in 1987.
During retirement, Warren and Bea loved to travel. Their little camper had traveled to all but 2 of the states in the continental U.S., Alaska, and most of the Canadian provinces. Warren had many hobbies: woodworking, gardening, and flowers. He enjoyed feeding and watching the birds outside the dining room window, and the does and fawns that played in the yard. He loved animals, especially dogs, and dogs loved him.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents; Sydney and Florence, his brothers; Ben, Howard & infant brother Wayne, his sisters; Ruby and Berniece. He is survived by Bea, his bride of 60 years, daughters; Debbie (Robin) Heins of Ogilvie, Lynn (Chuck) Olson of Mora, five grandchildren; Trevor (Heather) Heins, or Ogilvie, Dustin (Amy) Olson of Princeton, Jen (Lars) Teigen of Mora, Kristine Olson of Miami, FL and Kate Olson of Mora. He also has four great grandchildren; Wyatt, Cole, Erica, and Madison. Warren also left behind many nieces, and nephews and dear friends he loved very much. His quiet gentle nature and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him.