Edward Howard "Bill" Everitt

 

August 9, 2018

Courtesy of Everitt family

Edward Howard "Bill" Everitt

William Howard "Bill" Everitt was born May 20, 1933 on a farm/ranch east and south of Kiowa, Colorado on the Comanche Creek in Elbert County, Colorado. Bill was the 4th child in a family of 5 children born to his parents Carlos H. and Esther S. Everitt.

A few years later, 1937 or 1938, the family moved to a farm in Arapahoe County owned by Bill's grandmother, Mary Nelson. Bill started school at Parker, Colorado in September 1939 and continued on 11 years at Parker Consolidated School except 3rd grade at Rattlesnake School, a 1 room school house in northwest Elbert County. The family moved 7 miles east of Parker in Elbert County, Colorado. Bill graduated from Parker Consolidated High School in May of 1951, with 2 girls and 2 boys in the graduating class. Eighteen months after Bill graduated high school, he was drafted into the US Army on December 11, 1953. Bill took Basic training at Fort Ord, California and Camp Chafee, Arkansas and was sent to Korea in May of 1954 assigned to the 69th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Division of the US Army. In October 1954, the 25th Division was pulled and sent to Hawaii where the division was stationed at Scofield Barracks on the island of Oahu. Bill spent the remaining time in the Army in Hawaii as a cannoneer rising in rank to sergeant and to be chief of a gun section. Bill was released from active duty in November 1955.


Bill returned home to the love of his life, his wife to be, Dixie, the most wonderful and beautiful girl in the world. Bill and Dixie were married June 10, 1956. To this union, 4 children were born, 3 boys and 1 girl. Bill and Dixie farmed and ranched with Bill's parents at Franktown, Colorado. In 1971, Bill and Dixie bought Bill's uncle's herd of real good Herford cows. In May of 1972, Bill, Dixie, and the 3 boys moved to Weld County, Colorado near the town of Grover, CO. The boys (Kenny, Greg, and John) attended Pawnee School. In 1974, our daughter Debra Kay was born. Bill and Dixie ranched and farmed in Grover for 28 years.

While in Franktown, Bill was a volunteer fireman and served as chief for one year. In Grover, Bill served on the school board for 8 years, and the Pawnee Grazing Association board for 6 years. Bill was a trustee of the Grover Community Church and a Deacon at the Friendship Alliance Church.

Bill and Dixie retired in 2000 and bought a lovely modest home in Akron, Colorado.

Bill came to know and love the Lord, Jesus Christ, and to do the best he could for Him. Bill also loved his wife, Dixie, his wonderful family, four children, 9 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, and this great and wonderful country with all its warts and shortcomings.


Bill is survived by his wife Dixie of Akron, CO, sons Kenneth (Missy) of Grover, CO, Greg (Jeannine) of Chappell, NE, and John (Janice) of Haxtun, CO; daughter Debbie (Don) Myers of Cope, CO; grandchildren Andrea (Brian) Kinnison of Grover, CO, Matt (Kathleen) Everitt of Kersey, CO, Pam (Ben) Schollett of Hope Mills, NC, William (Sam) Everitt of Cheyenne, WY, Marshall (Kathy) Everitt of Kearney, NE, Keith Everitt of Kearney, Sarah Myers of Chadron, NE, Elijah Myers of Cope, CO, and Rebekah Myers of Cope, CO; great-grandchildren Clay Kinnison and Hannah Kinnison of Grover, CO, and Joseph Schollett and Thomas Schollett of Hope Mills, NC., Ruby Ann Everitt of Kersey, CO, a great-grandson on the way, and twin great-granddaughters on the way as well. Bill is also survived by his sister Carol White of Kiowa, CO.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents Carlos and Esther Everitt, brothers Robert Everitt and Dick Everitt, sister Evelyn Race and grandson Carlos Everitt.

A funeral service will be held Monday, August 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bethel Union Church north of Anton, CO. Interment will follow at the Akron Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Plains.

 

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