Michael J. Covington, 59, of Monticello, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, where a celebration of life will follow.
Mike was born Sept. 22, 1959, in Boise, Idaho, the son of James and Saundra (Schulte) Covington. He graduated from Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City, S.D. He started college in Birmingham, Ala., and later earned his bachelor's degree in Vermillion, S.D. He enjoyed being a salesperson for the Ford Motor Co. Mike married Kristine Ann Butterfield in 1991. Together they made their home in several places around the Midwest as Mike earned promotions within the Ford company. They moved to Monticello in 1998 to care for elderly parents. Mike had various jobs in the area until his health began to decline. He loved to go bowling, play chess with friends and family, and watch the Broncos whenever they played. Mike also loved being a grandpa. He tried to be as active in his grandchildren's lives as his health would allow and they held a very special place in his heart.
Surviving are his mother, Saundra Covington; a brother, Preston Covington, both of Monticello; a son, Anthony (Ashley) Weir of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Shayla and Kassandra (Chance Dempsey) Butterfield of Monticello; seven grandchildren, Alyssa and Michelle, Soren, Isabella, Anthony Jr., Mikaila and Declan; two brothers-in-law, Scott Butterfield of Monticello and Roelf Maritz of Weatherford, Texas; and sister-in-law, Amber (Robert) Garza of Holopaw, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his father, his wife and a sister, Debra Nefler.
Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.