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Obituary: Covert, Dr. Stanley Burton “Burt”, M.D.

Age 87

COVERT, Dr. Stanley Burton, M.D. “Burt” 87 Years of Life A resident of Elk, Washington, near Eloika Lake, Stanley B. Covert, M.D. went to be with his beloved Lord and Savior Wednesday, April 10, 2013. “Burt” or “Doc”, as he was known by his friends and patients, was born February 22, 1926 in New Rochelle, New York, and lived in that area until 1949. Burt’s father, Stanley Burton, and mother, Dorothy Craver Jones provided a warm and loving family life for him and his sister, Nancy, and instilled in him a great love for the woods and streams, birds and animal life which never ended. Fishing and hunting were favorite past times. He graduated from Mamaroneck High School and completed his premedical education at Cornell and Columbia Universities, graduating from New York Medical College in 1949. He married Carolyn Lambright shortly afterwards. During his internship two children, John Burton and Peter Lambright, were born. After a year of internship, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Korea where he ran a battalion aid station at the front lines of the war. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor. Following his two years of service, he retired and opened a family practice in Kingfield, Maine, a beautiful town of 800 people in the remote forests and mountains of the northwestern part of the state. Here he was the soul provider to a number of towns in the area. Soon after, Linda Carol and Daniel Dunning came along. During the early years his children often played with baby squirrels, raccoons, hawks, owls and baby bears. An adopted son, Donald Kenneth, joined the group in the seventies. Practice in rural Maine was different. Office calls: three dollars, house calls: four dollars, deliveries: twenty-five dollars. A rural doctor in Maine performed dental extractions. After the first few patients, it became an easy way to make three dollars, there were no dentists in the area and people appreciated it. Burt then moved to Shelton, Washington and opened a pleasant, but hectic family practice. He saw fifty-five patients opening day. During the entire course of his practice, he delivered more than a thousand babies. Burt served as Director of Student Health Services at Eastern Oregon State College and taught holistic health courses for them for ten years before moving to Elk, Washington. Here, in Elk, he met and married Sally Louise Christian, who greatly enhanced his love and life until she was called in 2010. Burt relied on his love of Jesus and the Bible and had absolute faith, as do his children. During his last days, he was absolutely convinced that Jesus orchestrated everything that occurred in his life. Memorial Service honoring Dr. Covert will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, April 15, 2013, at the New Testament Church, located at 56 Woodstock Drive, just east of Highway 2, approximately three miles north of Diamond Lake with Pastor Walt Campbell officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church’s social hall. LAUER FUNERAL HOME in Deer Park, Washington