Bill Covert - Founder of
some he was known as “Dad,” to several, “Pappy,” and to many
others “a great man.” Born June 7, 1949, and raised in Muncy,
PA, William F. Covert Sr., touched the lives of many through his
lifetime of raising a family and reaching people through his
family-owned and operated band, “Covert Action.”
On Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 1:29 p.m., Dad took his last breath
at his home in Muncy. Present were his five children, Bill Jr.,
Cindy Appleman, Susie Eyer, Sherry Eyer, Sarah Zalonis, and his
wife of 38 years, the former Kris Neiderberger. In addition to
these, Dad is survived by his mother, Pauline (Lord) Kilgus; his
daughter-in-law, Susanne Covert; his four sons-in-law, Dale
Appleman, Royce Eyer, Matthew Eyer and Brett Zalonis; 15
grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death
by his father, James M. Covert.
Dad was a unique individual to say the least. From his childhood
to his adult life to his career choice, he did not fit the mold
of a normal man. Growing up in Muncy, Dad was an only child. His
parents divorced at age four. From that time on, he was raised
mainly by his grandmother, Edna (Snyder) Covert. As time went
on, it became clear that he was “on his own” through most of his
teenage years. Dad most notably earned the title, “The biggest
hellion of Muncy” through the late 1960’s.
Taken in by a local family, he developed an interest in the
family’s youngest daughter, Kris. After a short courting, they
married on July 5, 1969 and thus began a nearly 39-year journey
consisting of raising a family of five children and building a
legacy of hard work, wisdom, enjoyment of life, caring for
others, and entertainment through the local family band, Covert
Action (also known as Aftermath, Steel Angel, The Billy Covert
Band, and Ramsey).
For about 10 years, Bill drove a fuel delivery truck for Dittmar
Oil Service Company. However, the band became Dad’s career and
his life. Unlike most who pursue a career and leave a family
behind, he pursued a career and took his family with him. In
1984, the band unofficially began with tireless nights of
practice, practice, practice as mom, dad, son, and daughter
learned songs from artists such as Van Halen, The Moody Blues,
Styx, and several other 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s artists. Our
first job came in 1985 at a place in Benton, PA. From that time
on, the band continued to grow in popularity as we played at
places like the West End Fire Company, local carnivals, the 218,
the Park Hotel in Canton, Shore Acres, the Mosquito Valley Inn,
As time went on, the three youngest daughters learned the trade
of musicianship and entertainment, and then joined the band in
the late 90’s. The eldest son and daughter resigned their tenure
and were replaced. The band still performs today, mostly for
carnivals and private parties. In the past several years, two of
the youngest daughters resigned their tenure from the band and
Sherry’s husband, Matt, was moved to the stage, adding male
vocals, stage presence and percussion. Dad, weakened by his
illness, was replaced on drums by his grandson, David Covert.
Dad took up running the soundboard, which was really his passion
and his love. Upon his passing, his son Bill Jr. will run sound
for this year. For a complete schedule of the band, please visit
In 2002, Dad began a struggle with cancer in his mouth. After
several radiation treatments, surgeries, natural remedies, and
tons of prayer, he seemed to overcome his battle with cancer.
His jaw was removed and replaced by a titanium bar that
eventually pulled through the skin. As strange as it looked, he
was healthy and thus continued to perform in the band.
During this time, Dad returned to an enjoyment from his early
20’s, riding bikes. Purchasing a Harley-Davidson Heritage
Softail Classic, he and mom rode the countryside as they enjoyed
their time together. In fact, if you drive by the house, you
will see their slogan, “Live to Ride”. He joined H.O.G. (Harley
Owners Group), and also spent some time bowling in a league at
the Cloverleaf Lanes for the past five years.
In August 2007, Dad noticed other ailments with his body.
Returning to the doctors in October, he learned that his cancer
had returned, this time in his sternum area, lungs, and liver.
After a short treatment of radiation and chemotherapy, his
treatment was changed to a stronger dose of chemo.
Dad endured his chemo for about five months and finally chose to
discontinue his treatments. They left his body very weak and his
mind very cloudy. It became apparent that the cancer was not
giving up its fight. In his last few days of life, he reassured
us, “Everything will be OK.” When his time was getting near, we
reassured him, “Yes, Dad, everything is going to be OK.” As hard
as it was to watch him fade into lifelessness, we all
appreciated the love and support of family and friends. A
special thank you to all of you!!
Name: Susan Eyer
Instrument(s): Guitar, saxophone, percussion, vocals
Susie is the
second oldest daughter of the family. She graduated with high
honors from Muncy High School in 1998. She graduated from
Lycoming College in May of 2002 where she maintained a 3.7 GPA.
She was a psychology major and obtained her elementary education
certificate. She has substituted in many of our local school
districts. She really enjoys working with kids. Susie married
Royce Eyer, Matt's brother, in August of 2002. Susie and Royce
have three children, Branson, Addison and Ava.
Susie is currently only
making an occasional guest appearance with the band in order to
spend more time with her family.
Instrument(s): Guitar, trumpet, trombone, vocals
Sarah was the
youngest member of the band. She is the youngest of Kris's
daughters. She graduated from Muncy High School with highest
honors in 2000. Sarah graduated from Lycoming College in 2004
with degree in philosophy and a certification in elementary
education. She maintained a 3.9 GPA all through college!
Sarah married Brett Zalonis in June of 2004. They have four
children, Patrick, Anna, Rosie and Benjamin.
Sarah is presently only
making occasional guest appearances with the band in order to
spend more time with her family.