Coverdale, Dr. Keith Merrill

Updated: Wed 2:05 PM, Jan 23, 2013
Funeral Home: J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Home, Broadway chapel
Dr. Keith Merrill Coverdale died Jan. 20, 2013, at his home in Bowling Green.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1925, to Charles Clifford Coverdale and Hazel Merrill Coverdale of Fort Wayne, Ind., who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Coverdale Barden.

He was married to the former Jean Madison Wycoff of Washington County, Ky., who survives.

He practiced pediatrics in Bowling Green for more than 40 years beginning in 1955. He was an airplane pilot with an Air Transport Rating. He was a First Class Medical Examiner who issued physical certificates to both private and commercial pilots for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He attended college and medical school with the assistance of the U.S. Navy, from which he retired in 1953 at the rank of lieutenant commander. He spent part of his Naval duty attached to the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended Indiana University and Franklin Marshall College, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University and an M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Louisville in 1954. He was actively involved in many civic groups, including the Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was a former president of the Friends of the Bowling Green Public Library and the Friends of Lost River. He was a member of the EQB Literary Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, David Coverdale and Meg Coverdale Webb, both of Bowling Green, Dr. Janice Coverdale and her husband, Dr. Louis Schroeder, of Madison County, N.C., and Jane Ann Coverdale Bradford of Newburgh, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Melinda Coverdale Fry and her husband, Brent, of Farragut, Tenn., Kate Schroeder and her husband, Daniel Wurzer, of Charlottesville, Va., and Vienna, Austria, Jack Schroeder of Boone, N.C., Merrill Bradford of Newburgh, Ind., Madison Bradford of Nashville, and Allison Webb and Sarah Webb of Bowling Green; and two great-grandchildren.

His remains will be cremated. There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Coverdale at 11 a.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green at 1003 State St., where he was a deacon and elder. Visitation with the family will be provided from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall of The Presbyterian Church, which is accessible from the 10th Avenue entrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of J.C. Kirby & Son Broadway Chapel.

Donations in his memory may be made to The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green or to Friends of Lost River Inc., 2818 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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