Marvin
Marvin John Covall 1921-2008 Marvin John Covall was born in Bowden, North Dakota, to Anna and Mike Covall on February 1, 1921. Marvin passed away peacefully in La Mirada, California on August 3, 2008. Marvin came to California with his family in 1923 and settled in Long Beach. He attended local schools there and graduated from Long Beach Poly in 1941. Marvin loved mechanics and aircraft and went to work to train in the Army Civil Service in 1942 as an aircraft engine mechanic specialist. He remained in that field for the remainder of his working career. In 1943, Marvin became a regular with the Army Air Corp and served in the Fifth Air Force in the South Pacific as an aircraft engine mechanic in the New Guinea campaign. Marvin was a specialist for the P38, P40, P47 (his favorite), and the B24. He enjoyed 'island hopping' to work on these aircraft in outlying combat areas. He particularly enjoyed being allowed to fly the C46 on many of these missions. In May, 1945, on the Island of Biak, Marvin sustained permanent hearing loss when a B24 crash landed then exploded while Marvin was pulling injured crewmen out of the burning plane; an injury that would leave him with hearing aids the rest of his life. He was Honorably Discharged in November 1945. His love for flying did not diminish and he received his private pilots license and enjoyed flying in the 40's and 50's. After the war, Marvin went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo as an engine mechanic. As the aviation industry changed in the 50's and 60's, Marvin became involved in the aero space industry. He was proud of working on the Saturn C1 Rocket (upper stage S-IV) for the moon program. During this time he engineered a procedure to safely secure the second stage for its transport cross country. He subsequently worked at AeroSearch Manufacturing Company as a space systems assembler until 1969 when he went to work for Cosmodyne Corporation until his retirement in 1981. In 1956 Marvin married Eva Lewis, who also worked at McDonald Douglas. They built their home in Redondo Beach that same year and lived there the rest of their lives. They enjoyed traveling to many different locations both in and outside of the United States. Their favorite was Hawaii where they went on several occasions. Marvin was proceeded in death by his parents, Ana and Mike Covall, his brother, Oliver Covall, his sister, Evelyn Scott, his special niece, Valerie Gagnon, and his beloved wife, Eva Covall after 45 years of marriage. Marvin leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews, extended family, and dear friends and neighbors, including his nephew by marriage, Robert Gagnon, a good friend for many years and his primary caregiver for the last years. Viewing will be held on Monday, August 11, 2008 from 4PM to 8PM at the White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA. At Marvin's request a Military graveside service will be held on August 12, 2008, at 1:00 PM at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 Florence Ave. , Inglewood, Ca. Everyone is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

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  1. I have many wonderful memories of the times that we spent with Marvin and Eva. Marvin was a very kind and caring man. I will always be grateful for the time and attention he gave to my husband as a child growing up without a father. And some of the funny times when we were out there. The time when he and my son got into a debate on Martin Luther King. He was showing Robbie some of his propaganda photos expecting him not to realize that was what they were. And immediately he told Marvin what they were and Marvin smiled and laughed and told us what a bright young man he was. He would also make us laugh when the neighbors would send over food and he would dig a whole in the back yard and bury it. But most of all he was someone who was a wonderful teacher and a loving man. Who will always be a part of our hearts.

  2. Though I was never fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time with Uncle Marvin, the little time spent with him I will always cherish. There would not have been enough time in the world for all the fantastic stories he had to tell. He was an American through and through and he was a hero to everyone. He will be deeply missed but we will see him again when the time comes. Love, Kate

  3. In 1956 Shell Oil transferred us to Southern California and we bought a home next door to Marvin and Eva. They welcomed us immediately and became close friends. Marvin loved the children. He would plan treasure hunts for them, burying little trinkets in his yard then putting them in his wheelbarrow and take them looking for treasures. When we were transferred in l966, Eva said she wouldn’t get too attached to other children as it hurt when we left. Michael, our son, last saw Marvin four years ago when he took his children to visit his beloved friend. Our lives were enriched knowing him.

  4. Uncle Marvin, please help us when we try to figure out your tools! Thanks for everything. Thumbs up, -Mike,Londa,Alex,and Natalie

  5. We never had the privilege of meeting you or your wonderful family or friends. Your obituary has given us a glimpse of your life with Eva. We will be moving into your home in February of 2009, close to what would have been your 88th birthday. We will cherish and respect your home and always have you in our thoughts. This was YOUR home that YOU built and I can sense all of the memories. I know your loving spirit will be with us.

  6. Uncle Marvin, Thanks for your service to our country and for your great wave and smile! We’ll miss you. Matt and Family

  7. We love you Uncle Marvin. Thank you for all the lives you have touched and the happiness you brought to them. Love Always, Valerie

  8. We’ll miss you, Uncle Marvin. Thank you for everything. Until we meet again, Always, Steve and Diane

  9. Dear Marvin, you have lived a long and wonderful life with many adventures along the way. Your last journey will take you to join your loved ones that will be waiting to great you with open arms. You will be missed by those that love you.

  10. Marvin It’s been a long journey and you helped so many people along the way. I know Eva & Valerie will be there to greet you as always. So, until we meet again. I don’t know what I’ll do with my spare time…Love Ya, Bob

  11. Marvin~What a great life you’ve had! Your family here on Earth mourns your passing but your family in Heaven must be jumping up and down with joy. In that we find peace. With sympathy~

  12. As the wife of Marvin’s brother, Oliver, I came to know and love him. Marvin was a sometimes misunderstood man due to his profound deafness and sometimes had trouble understanding others for the same reason. It was a life long battle for him but he always managed to work around it. He had great love for his family and we witnessed that at it’s deepest upon the death of his brother and mother. He cared deeply for his entire family and will be greatly missed.

  13. Marvin You’ve enjoyed a wounderful and interesting life. I wish I could have known you better. God bless you.

  14. Uncle Marvin What a life and what a journey! My memories of you are a comfort and I’m glad that you had Dad to care for you as he did. Love, Shelly (and Ron!)

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