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Donald Louis Coovert, captained ship in WWII; Aug. 4, 1921 -- March 22, 2012

Donald Louis Coovert, of Williamsville, a Navy skipper aboard a World War II infantry landing craft that placed 220 British troops at Sword Beach in France, died March 22 at his winter home in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 90.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Coovert graduated from Akron schools and Ohio University before serving for three years in the Navy during World War II.

In 1949, Mr. Coovert launched Pellets Inc., an abrasives manufacturer that developed cut wire shot that was used in shot peening. He was a senior quality engineer and member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, served on two national committees and contributed articles for the organization's magazine.

Mr. Coovert was a former member and board member of the Park Country Club in Amherst and current member of the Quail Ridge Country Club, the Delray Beach Club and the Country Club of Buffalo.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Donanne Siegfried; a daughter, Katherine Oddi; and a son, David.

His first wife, the former Henryet Mosier, died in 2000.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder.