Everett Lee Kinder, son of Emery Leonard ‘E.L.’ and Bessie Athena (Newman) Kinder, was born on December 19, 1929 at Mount Ayr, Iowa and departed this life unexpectedly at his home on May 29, 2010.
Everett spent his childhood in Mount Ayr attending the Mount Ayr Public School until he moved to Porterville, California for a short time during World War II. Upon his return to Mount Ayr, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving for 20 years. His time in the service was on four aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington, USS Hornet, USS Bon Hom Richard and the USS Griskany.
While stationed in Memphis, Tennessee, he met and was united in marriage to Mary S. Hurt. Everett retired from the U.S. Navy in 1966 as a chief petty officer. They made their home in Memphis where Mary’s mother lived. While there Everett worked at the HaVal Air station as fuel officer. After his retirement at the Naval Air Station, they moved to Pickwick Dam, Tennessee on the Tennessee River. Everett and Mary loved to boat and spent all the time they could on the river. Most of their friends there had houseboats and they would travel on the river for several days at a time. Also while there Everett worked at the Pickwick Landing State Park as manager of the marina before going to the Harding County Sheriff’s Office as deputy for almost eight years. Retiring again, they started spending their winters in Texas with his wife and sister and brother-in-law, Athena and Elbert Strange. Mary preceded him in death in April of 2002.
Everett visited Mount Ayr as often as possible when his mother and sister were still living. He would always try to make it up at least once during pheasant season.
He was baptized in the Mount Ayr Christian Church at an early age and later joined the Methodist church while living in Tennessee. He was very proud of receiving his 50-year certificate from Faith Lodge #179 of the Masonic Lodge; he was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association for over 50 years and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police for over 30 years.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Harry L. Kinder, and sisters, Kathleen Davis and Athena Strange.
Surviving Everett are his sister, Bonnie Duncan of Missouri, and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Graveside services were held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, with Rev. Skip Rushing officiating.