David W. “Dave” Cover

July 03, 1934 ‒ February 22, 2017

Edison, Ohio

David W. “Dave” Cover, age 82, of Edison, passed away Wednesday morning, February 22, 2017, at Marion General Hospital following a brief illness.

Dave was born in Johnsville, on July 3, 1934, to the late Chauncey D. and Kathryn (Frank) Cover. He was a graduate from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1953.

On May 14, 1982, Dave married the love of his life, Frances L. Cass at Trinity United Methodist Church

For 43 years, Dave worked as a crane operator for the H.P.M. Corporation where he retired from in 1997. He also loved to farm and drove school bus for 33 years for the Mount Gilead School System.

Dave was a past member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and current Deacon and member of the Mount Gilead Church of Christ. With a love for his community, he was also a founding member of the Antique Tractor Club and board member of the HPM Credit Union Board.

His wonderful smile and words of encouragement to all he met will surely be missed.

In addition to his wife, Fran, Dave is survived by his children: Tim (Lori) Cover, Connie (Jim) Conant, and Cindy Cover; step-children: Claude (Deana) Hetrick, Cathy (Wayne) Dale, Corinne (Bill) Webb, Clayton (Jill) Hetrick; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Frank, Warren, and Forest Cover.

His family will greet friends from 11AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Mount Gilead Church of Christ. A service celebrating his life will follow there at 2 PM with Pastor Doug Bryan officiating. A private burial at Bryn Zion Cemetery will be held at a later time.

If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Gilead Church of Christ, Mount Gilead Athletic Booster, and/or the Morrow County Humane Society.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Dave’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Fran and family, So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing this morning. We have a lot of great memories of our knowing you both over the years. There was a few bus trips with the baseball team back in the 1990 & 1991 years,that he drove for us. Dave and I would always kid each other over something every time we came in contact with each other over the years. May our Lord give each of you peace, comfort and strength to see you through this, knowing Dave is with our Heavenly Father.

  • Dear Fran and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss… Dave was one in a million! We always felt so safe when he was driving our “babies” on his bus… Please call if we can help in any way.

  • Dear Fran:
    Praying for God’s peace at this time for you and your family. We always looked forward to seeing Dave at church with his great smile.

    Even though we know he is with our Heavenly Father, he will be missed.

    Sending our deepest sympathies and hugs,
    Dan and Heidi Vitte

  • Dear Fran
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. He was a great guy. He was my bus driver for years. I know that my mom & Dad did a lot of traveling with you and Dave . I know you guy’s had a lot of fun. He will be greatly missed . Love you and my prayers are with you and your family.

    Diana & Michael Eckenrode

  • Dear Fran. I am so sorry for your loss. May your faith and the memories you have made give you comfort and support in the days and weeks to come. I probably will not be able to attend viewing or funeral but know you are in my thoughts and prayers love Joan

  • Fran and family, So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Maurice worked with him and we camped with you guys some. We are in Florida and won’t be able to be there. Will definately keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Fran and family so sorry for your loss, Dave Lester told me stories of the fun in Edison when Dave would pull kids around the streets on a sled in the winter snow. He was a very nice man. Prayers for you all.

  • Fran,
    David was one of the nicest men I ever knew. He always met me with a smile and something nice to say. I send prayers and and good thoughts your way, for now Dave knows what we all live our lives in Christ for. He will be dearly missed but never will we forget the joy he exuded. Know that Paula and I will never forget such a wonderful man. God bless you and your family.

  • To the families of Dave ,my deepest sympathy goes out to you. Dave was my bus driver and had the opportunity to drive bus with him at Mt. Gilead schools he will truly be missed by many

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Dave. Every time I would see him he would ask, “Do you have a ring on that finger yet?” Haha. I am sure going to miss seeing him around. I’ve grown up being around he and Fran. Thoughts and prayers go to the family. He will be truly missed.

  • So sorry to hear about Dave ß passing. You are in our prayers here in Florida. We love you! God bless you and your family!

  • Dave was a wonderful man. So many times he helped make sure I found where I needed to be to see my kid’s sporting event. I always felt safe knowing he was their driver. I am so sorry for your loss. Ours was one more family whose life he touched and who loved him.

  • I remember him driving the buses for our cross country trips. And he was a family friend. Sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man always said hello when we crossed paths. The world lost a great man.

  • Fran and family, May God comfort you through this difficult time. I’m sure you will find many good memories to cherish! You are in our prayers.

  • I wish to extend my condolences to the Cover family. May God give you strength in the days ahead. I’m pretty sure Dave is driving a tractor in heaven.
    Dwight Murphy

  • Fran and Family, we are sorry to hear of your loss. Dave was always such a great person to talk with. Jim enjoyed seeing him at tractor club. May all your special memories comfort you in this difficult time. Dave will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • Dear Fran and Family,
    Prayers to all of you. Dave was one great bus driver and a wonderful person. His smile snd sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
    May God’s loving arms surround all of you in the days ahead.

    Pam Gniewkowski

  • Dave will always be remembered for his sincere smile and congeniality. We are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap you in his peace during these difficult days.

    Don and Julie Wick

  • Loved seeing that smile every morning getting on the bus…and throughout my Adult life whenever he would see me…Definitely one of my life heros…Prayers to all of his family…He will be greatly missed…

  • Dear Fran,
    We are so sorry! He was the Best neighbor! Always plowing our LONG driveway and for nothing. He was just that kind of guy! He was the Best bus driver! When he drove our field trips he was also our own personal tour Guide! He had a story about everything. When we went to Lake Erie and swam, he never complained when all the kids got back on the bus wet. He truly was one of a kind! Let us know if you need anything! We will be happy to plow your drive now! Love Rhonda and Pete

  • Fran and family,we are so very sorry for the loss of Dave.Scott and I loved running in to Dave and visiting with him.He was always smiling and we sure will miss that.He was also Ashley and Brookes favorite bus driver always getting them to their softball games safely and we appreciated never having to worry when Dave was driving.He will always have a special space in our hearts and we will miss him.I also did not realize till now that he and i shared the same birthday July the 3rd.

  • Dear Fran, I will always remember Dave with a smile on his face the many years, at Pleasant Grove. You were a wonderful couple❤️. Praying God comforts you until you are joined together again when you meet on that beautiful shore.

  • Fran and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and dad. God bless you all. I can’t make it on Saturday but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear Mr. Cover passed.
    He was my bus driver in the 70’s when I lived on 69.
    Always greeted you with a smile and hello, and a smile when you got off the bus. Last day of school was ice cream and little prize for being a good rider when you got off at home.
    He had a radio on the bus with speakers in the back corners…where I first heard the “skyrockets in flight, afternoon delight” song, still sticks in my today.
    I never forgot about him, often thought about him, and I will never forget him.

  • Fran and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a dear friend of both of our families. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.
    With our sympathy,
    Chris and Tina Irons
    Keegen Moss

  • Dear Fran and Family, Were saddened to read about the passing of David, so many memories, where do you start? So thankful that God give us the memories in our lives, for they are there to help sustain us in the days ahead, when our loved ones pass from our lives. You have our deepest condolences, and we will be lifting all of you in prayer and asking God to give you His peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    Blessings to all,

    Stephan and LuAnn

  • Dear Fran and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such a nice man and always had a smile anytime you saw him. Praying for God’s peace and comfort.

  • Fran and Family
    It is times like this that God will have a hand of peace that will be felt. But because of the way he created us, we can’t avoid the sadness and the loss we feel.
    But just as David said in the Paslm “We can’t bring them back but a day will come we can be with them again” I am sorry for your loss,and I pray the love of God will be a comfort to you and your family.


  • Dear Fran, family and friends,

    I am so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. He was truly one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of being acquainted with through the school system. He was always smiling when I saw him. I pray God gives you all strength and peace in the days, weeks and months to come.

    God bless you all!

    Sue Bevill

  • Fran,
    We all know that Dave was a good man. If I can do anything at all to help you, please let me know.

  • hi fran and family, we just heard of dave going to be with jesus. we are in florida and feel bad that we can’t be there to celebrate the great life that dave lived with all of you wonderful family members but especially the super wife that you were to him fran. he was a great guy with a love for people and a great sense of humor. he is walking today with that wonderful lst walk hand in hand with jesus in glory. no more pain, misery or sickness and he probably asked jesus today where his tractor was, . god bless you all and we are praying for this great time for dave and the tough time for you the family.

  • Dave was a wonderful man and will surely be missed. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  • Fran and Family,
    You and Dave have been a solid pair for many years. Memorable. He reached out to others in every way he could.
    We are so sorry for our loss. We so wish that we could be there right beside you at this time of your loss!
    May God hold you in his arms,
    Anne and Tom

  • I am so very sorry to learn of David’s passing. I have so many memories of David and you know how much I will miss him. He was such a special part of our class reunions. The won’t be the same without him. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dave was the most wonderful man. He was our 1st landlord. He had the most wonderful smile. He work at HPM with Dave.

  • Dear Family of Mr. Cover, our thoughts and prayers go your way. Mr Cover was a great guy. Pastor Ed and I helped in raising many children and one particular young man comes to mind as the influence Mr Cover had on him was a good one! Bless your hearts, for Mr Cover will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss will miss his teasing as was his usual greeting I’m sure many of his students will be sadned by this news as well praying that the Lord be with you all as heaven gains another great guy .

  • Sorry to read of Dave’s death. I enjoyed having him as a “happy wanderer”. He was always that!!

  • Fran and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a wonderful man. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  • To Fran and family,
    So sorry to hear about Dave. He was a wonderful man, friend to everyone, and never knew a stranger. Always there to help anyone and everyone in need. Dave always had kind words to say. I will remember the time when Kiona asked you and Dave to walk with her senior night and you both said yes without any hesitation. Thank you. God be with you, Fran and all of your family . He is in heaven now with my dad, probably talking about the farm! Love you all.

  • I just wanted to say how much I’ve appreciated Dave’s business over the years. He was a fine friend and his family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Like so many we also thought he was a wonderful man. So kind and always drove the swim bus.and such a pleasant man to talk to.he will be missed…

  • Fran & Family,
    My condolences, prayers & hugs to all. Dave had such influence in the lives of my family. He was part of swim team & band driving the bus. Sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  • Fran and family,
    So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our grandchildren always enjoyed watching Dave drive his tractors by our house in the summertime. You are all in are prayers.
    God Bless,
    Tom and Karen
    Owen and Maddison Halt

  • Sorry to hear about Dave, he will be missed. God gets us through the hard times like these. We will keep your family in prayer.
    Ed & Carol Sickmiller

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Dave was such a great man, always smiling and friendly to everyone. He will be greatly missed. Sorry I was not able to come to calling hours, keeping your family in my prayers.