Charles Covage

August 30, 2013

Charles Covage, Hershey, passed away Friday at Manor Care Nursing Home, Lebanon.

Born in Pottsville, May 3, 1923, he was a son of the late Charles and Suzanna Harsko Covage.

Charlie graduated from Pottsville High School in 1942 where he was captain of the football team and he is now honored in the Pottsville Football Hall of Fame. He later played at the professional level with the Pottsville Maroons.

Charlie was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church, Marine Corp veteran of World War II and a State Police veteran of 31 years.

He belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police and to the Hershey American Legion and Hershey VFW.

In 1942, he joined the Marines. He was a corporal with the 2nd Marine Division, Third Battalion, Company C. He was a rifle marksman, a pistol sharpshooter and a demolition specialist. Charlie participated in the assault and capture of Tarawa Atoll in 1943, and participated in the capture of Saipan Island and in the capture of Tinian Island in 1944 when he was wounded and qualified for the Purple Heart. He was wounded other times but never reported it so he could keep on fighting.

After the war, Charlie became a state policeman and retired as a corporal after 31 years of service. He got to experience a lot more exciting adventures from undercover work to riding in a Presidential Inauguration. He was a big part of the State Police Rodeo during the sixties and early seventies, and he did a lot trick riding on horses and motorcycles as "Willie the Clown." Charlie then became a security guard at Reese's in Hershey for twenty years. He said it was a great job—the only job he ever had that no one was shooting at him. Charlie was a character who had to have lots of angels watching over him through his years and he will be greatly missed by his family.

Charlie is predeceased by seven siblings.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Clara J. Covage, of 64 years; and his son, Charles F. Covage and his wife, Linda, Harrisburg, and their two children, Chelsea and Cassandra.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Wednesday in the St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, 359 West Areba Ave., Hershey. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a recitation of the rosary at 5:45 p.m., and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hershey. Interment with honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Share condolences at

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Published in Republican & Herald on Sept. 1, 2013