James L. Coverstone, age 66, of Queen Creek, Ariz., passed away peacefully on Sept. 24, 2012.
He was born on June 17, 1946, in Sidney, Ohio, to the late Ivan and Virginia (Howell) Coverstone.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa; children, Matthew of Indianapolis, Ind., and Gregory of Chandler, Ariz., sons of Marilou Coverstone of Greenville, Ohio; stepchildren, Melanie (Jeff) Smith of Mesa, Ariz., Jimmy Parsons and Keith (Jessica) Parsons of Laura, Ohio. He is also survived by his brother, Tom (Linda) Coverstone of Sidney, Ohio; sisters- in-law, Valerie (John) Stamper, Veda (Carl) Stamper, Ima Jean Ashley; brother- in-law, Jeff (Tinah) Spencer;as well as many other family members. He was a wonderful grandfather to Kylee, Katelyn, Alicia, April, Kirsten, Keith Jr., Zackary, Liliana, Aiden, Mina and Rachel.
He proudly served as a Marine in Vietnam and maintained the "Once a Marine Always a Marine" attitude. He spent a great portion of his adult life in Greenville, Ohio, where he worked at the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as a corporal in the Darke County Sheriff's Office. He moved to Huber Heights, Ohio, in 2005 and worked for the Lowes Corporation until his retirement in July 2011. Jim and Lisa moved to Queen Creek, Ariz., in January of 2012 where he resided until his death.
Jim loved his family, hiking, photography and a good Frisch's Big Boy sandwich. He was a solid rock and source of inspiration to his family and those who knew him. He is greatly loved and will be missed very much but forever remembered.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Sidney Moose Lodge, 1200 Broadway Ave., Sidney, Ohio. Online condolences can be posted at www.sonoranskiesmortuaryaz.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Arizona, 1132 S. Oakland Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206.
Published in The Daily Advocate from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2012