Beloved bus driver passes peacefully at home

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MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) — A beloved bus driver died Monday morning, but his legacy is far from over.

Gene Covault was told, last week, he had days to live. His pastor asked people to write him letters of appreciation, but those letters didn’t get to him in time.

His passing was too soon, but his family says they’re doing okay. They say, by knowing his diagnosis, they were able to say goodbye. The only notes he got were from a poster from a Sunday school class at his church.

Covault died happy and in his bed. His wife, Mary Lou, says he was ready and at peace. They were married just shy of 63 years. Mary Lou promised him “for better or worse, for richer or poorer.” She says she believes she did that until the very end. 

Sunday, his congregation came to his lawn ans surprised him by singing his favorite songs while he listened at his bedroom window.

The family is working on Mr. Gene’s funeral service. There’s a visitation Friday night and a memorial service, hopefully Saturday.

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