Edward John Covey

Edward J. Covey, USN (Ret.) (7) died of a stroke on July 3, 2017. He was 86 years old. Ed was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up mainly in Lansing Ohio, where he graduated from high school in 1949, and then enlisted in the Navy. After serving on USS Cunningham (DD-752), he received a SecNav appointment to Annapolis.


Upon graduation Ed deployed to the Mediterranean on the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), then reported to the pre-commissioning crew of USS Ranger (CVA-61). Following that tour he attended Submarine School in New London, CT and was next assigned to the USS Sea Leopard (SS-483) in Norfolk, VA. Upon completion of nuclear power training he was transferred to the pre-commissioning crew of USS Sam Houston (SSBN-609). He served as the Engineer on the Sam Houston from 1962-1964, deploying from Holy Loch, Scotland. From 1964 to 1966 Ed was the Engineering Training Director at Fleet Submarine Training Facility in Pearl Harbor, HI. He next became the XO of the USS Hammerhead (SSN-663). From 1970 until 1973 Ed was the CO of the USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629). Upon completion of this tour Ed served as Strategic Weapons Systems Manager in Norfolk, VA; at Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Training Center, Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, SC; Tactical Director at Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Offutt AFB, Bellevue NE; and CO of Trident Training Facility, Bangor Submarine Base, Bangor WA. Ed retired in 1982 after 33 years of service in the US Navy. He spent some time as the Technical Director for Data Design Laboratories at the Trident Training, Refit, and Strategic Weapons Facility in Silverdale, WA before beginning a career in education.


Ed served in various positions in the Seattle area before moving to West Virginia where he was employed as the Dean of West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling, WV for five years, followed by a position as President of Olney Central College in Olney, IL. Ed was extensively involved in his community and served on the boards of a variety of local associations wherever he lived.


 Ed is survived by his wife of 58 years Rosemary (Pirozak) Covey of Valley Grove, WV; his daughter and son-in-law Andrea and Tony LaVecchia; his son and daughter-in-law Chris and Lela Covey; and grandson Stallone Sabatier.