Everett Earl Derry was born June 7, 1916, in the Greene County Township of Greenbrier to Marshall and Mary Derry. He died Nov. 18, 2015, at his home in Bayard. Everett was 99 years old.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Bayard. Words of comfort were spoken by Pastor Robert Rogers of the Church of Christ. Honorary bearers and casket bearers were Everett’s grandchildren.
Organist was Lula Garnes. Soloist were Randy Andrews, Zach Svoboda and Brian Riesberg. “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace” and “My Chains Are Gone” were hymns selected by the family. Interment was held at Highland Township Cemetery in Bayard.
Everett grew up in the Greenbrier Township area, attending rural schools.
Everett married Elma “June” Lewis March 30, 1940. They were parents of eight children: seven sons, Ronald, Lanny, Robert, Michael, Steven, Rodney and Andrew, and one daughter, Patricia, who died in 1958.
The couple lived on his father’s farm for a year before moving to a farm at the Cooper corner, where they lived for three years. In 1945 they moved to their farm near Bayard. Everett and June moved into Bayard in 1980, but he continued to farm until his death.
Everett enjoyed watching football, baseball and basketball, and in later years his television set made that possible. He loved his family and made an effort to watch their sports and activities.
Everett was a member of the Bayard Church of Christ.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elma “June;” daughter, Patricia; great-granddaughter, Ellie; brothers, Charles, Walter, Clifford and Roscoe Derry; sisters, Mae, Lucille Kendall and Madeline Ganoe; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Everett’s memory will be always be in the hearts of his children Ronald (Joan) Derry of Bagley, Lanny (Lois) Derry of Woodward, Robert (Martha) Derry of Menlo, Michael (Sherrie) Derry of Boone, Steven (Suzann) Derry of Audubon, Rodney (Brenda) Derry of Webster City and Andrew (Tracy) Derry of Jefferson; his beloved sister, Loraine Marks of Trenton, S.C.; 24 grandchildren: Marty and wife, Cindy, Brad and wife, Cindy, Ronda (Shawn) Tews, Kristine (Brian) Riesberg, Wade (Deb) Derry, Jason (Gina) Derry, Deena (Justin) Hamilton, Sheri (Randy) McCann, Gregory Derry; Jeff (Natalie) Derry, Mike Vanhoff, Antoinette (Donald) Freier, Benjamin (Jennifer) Derry, Elizabeth (Dax) Delay (Dax), Alexander Derry, Chris (Jaqueline) Derry, Curtis (Danielle) Derry, Michelle (Lance) Vogl, Molly (Brian) Hays, Justin (Shaunna) Derry, Katie Jo (Randy) Andrews, Ryan Derry, Adam (Kelly) Derry, Amanda (Zach) Svoboda; 39 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; other relatives;and many friends.