Robert Byron Covalt
1931 - 2020
November 8, 1931
December 30, 2020
Robert Byron Covalt

Born: November 8, 1931

Died: December 30, 2020

Robert Byron Covalt passed away peacefully at his home December 30, 2020. He was born in Chicago November 8, 1931 to Byron and Thelma Covalt.

Robert attended Chicago Public Schools and always felt thankful for the excellent education he received. It was at Senn High School on the far north side of Chicago that he met his future wife, Ginny. Since he was on the school swim team he spent much of his time in the water at swim meets where Ginny cheered him on. They spent many years attending formal dances at the big hotels given by fraternities and sororities that were popular at Senn at the time.

They dated for seven years and were married in Bob's last year at Purdue University, where he studied chemical engineering. They had fun times living with all the other married couples off campus. Upon graduation he was called to the Air Force where he taught electronics. The lived in Biloxi, MS and had a great time living on the Gulf and enjoying the south. They were poor but happy.

After the service they settled in McHenry where he accepted a position in engineering at Ringwood Chemical, then Morton Chemical, now Dow Chemical. A good life at Morton turned into 38 years. He loved his friends at Morton, often calling them his second family. After retiring at age 65 he decided to form his own company, Soverign Specialty Chemicals and built the largest privately owned adhesives company in the U.S.

After ten years he retired with a nick name, Mr. Glue, from his peers. He was a proud Purdue Boilermaker and an avid Packers fan.

Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ginny; children, Karen Ryberg, and David (Ann) Covalt; and grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephen, and Brett Covalt, and Rob, Kristin and Jon Ryberg. He also leaves behind his wonderful church family at St. Paul UCC, Crystal Lake.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Tuesday, January 5 at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Route 176) Crystal Lake followed by burial at Union Cemetery, Crystal Lake.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, a memorial gift to Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock would be most appreciated.

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Published by Northwest Herald from Jan. 2 to Jan. 7, 2021.
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Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory
419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
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I´m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed seeing him and Ginny when they would come to Panera. Always a pleasure talking with them
January 10, 2021
My deepest sympathy. I worked with Bob at Morton and remember him well. Always a very nice man.
Gilda Frisenda
January 4, 2021
So sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. I always enjoyed his spirit at church. We will keep you in our prayers.
Jim Henneman
January 4, 2021
I am grateful for the opportunities and challenges Bob offered me both at Morton and Sovereign. I have always valued and respected the lessons he provided and his insistence to reach beyond the expected. An entrepreneur and leader to be missed!
Fred Quinn
January 4, 2021
We are very sorry to hear of Mr. Covalt's passing. I know my Dad thoroughly enjoyed the decades he worked for Mr. Covalt at Morton and had the utmost respect for him; truly coveting their business relationship as well as their friendship. We will be keeping him in our thoughts and prayers.
Daniel & Kimberly Waszak
January 3, 2021