Shelby C. Covington, age 75, of Griffith, Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 20, 2022. He is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Barbara (Detvay). They have two beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Ashley (Jackson Shelby, grandson) and stepdaughter Kathleen (Alexander, step-grandson). His loving sister Jean Homer, many nieces and nephews, and his best fur friend, Sasha. Preceding him in death is his parents Shellie and Ella, sister Mary, step-granddaughter Isabelle, stepson Stephen, as well as many other loved ones.
Shelby’s life started in Greenville, KY on January 26, 1947. He grew up with not only his siblings, but his niece and nephews. They would run around outside, shooting bb guns and riding bikes with cards in their spokes. Shelby also played little league baseball and he loved the Chicago White Sox. He started his love for bowling when he was a teenager. He went on to become an avid bowler and scored many perfect games. In August of 1964, with the permission from his mother, Shelby enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He completed his training at Camp Pendleton in California. He went on to serve in the Vietnam War, where he received many awards and recognition for his service. Shelby was a proud Marine and Veteran; you could always find him supporting VFW’s and American Legion’s around the country. He traveled to many of them with his friends and family while bowling his perfect games. He also was very involved with our local VFW and American Legion throughout his life. Shelby was living his best retired life from truck driving. As much as Shelby loved being a Marine, he loved being a Papa. He enjoyed building with Legos, playing with racecars, and watching morning cartoons. Since he is a retired driver, he loved toting everyone around, from school drop offs to Kohl’s runs. Shelby will be greatly missed by all of those he connected with. He always wanted to help anyone who was in need and didn’t think twice.
To pay your respects services will be held at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Rd (one block south of Ridge Rd), Highland, Indiana, 46322 on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a funeral service at 5:30 pm.
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home and Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com