Everett McGrew, 91 of Emerson, IA, passed away on July 21, 2017 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 35984 Epperson Ave, Hastings, Iowa. Burial with military honors will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the Indian Creek Historical Society Museum, 59256 380th St, Emerson, IA. Loess Hills Funeral Home of Malvern, IA in charge of arrangements.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorials are to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church or Indian Creek Historical Society Museum.
Everett Ralph McGrew, one of three children of Mary Helen (Wilson) and Dallas Newton McGrew, was born on February 10, 1926 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. His parents lived on a farm near Emerson, Iowa and Everett attended the local country school, Pickerill, through the 8th grade. He was a member of the West Nishna Junior Feeders 4-H Club and the Mills County Rural Young People's Organization. Everett graduated from the Henderson High School in 1943 and from Iowa State University in Ames with a degree in Agronomy.
Everett served in the United States Army from May 11, 1955 to April 11, 1957. He was an Engineer Equipment Repairman and served sixteen months in Korea. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home to farm with his father and later in partnership with his brother, William E., until William's death in 1972. From then through 1978, Everett worked as a partner with his five nephews until they started their own farming operation.
On March 2, 1958, Everett married Irene Maddocks at the Silver City United Methodist Church. They began their married life on the Dean Steiner farm and in June of 1973, moved to the McGrew family farm. Their marriage was blessed with three sons, Roger Everett, Ronald Deane, and Ross Jack. They were members of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where Everett served as Lay Leader, held many offices, and was a member of the Nishna Valley Parish Council. He was a mentor and helped with the Henderson Hornets 4-H Club.
Everett was an excellent steward of the land and built many miles of terraces with his Caterpillar bulldozer. He was a member of the South Western Two-Cylinder Tractor Club, Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, and Mills County Farm Bureau. He and Irene were very active and supportive in the Indian Creek Historical Museum project and were instrumental in obtaining the schoolhouse furnishings for the Oaks School House after it was moved to the museum grounds.
Everett and Irene were married 46 years at the time of her death on August 21, 2004. He continued to live on the farm and remained active at the museum where he served as treasurer. Everett could be found at the Indian Creek Museum most days or out mowing yards. He always helped at the monthly breakfast at the museum; pouring coffee or juice or visiting with friends. Everett was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, uncle and a good friend to all who knew him.
Everett passed away on July 21, 2017 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, at the age of 91 years, 5 months, and 11 days. In addition to his beloved wife Irene, he was also preceded in death by his parents; brother William E. McGrew and wife Pluma; sister Joann Daus; and brothers-in-law, Earl Maddocks Jr and wife Betty, and Deane Maddocks.
Everett is survived by his sons, Roger McGrew and wife Joya and their triplets, Davis, December, and Dayann of Henderson, IA, Ronald McGrew and wife Kristine and their daughter Everly, and Ross McGrew and Cheryl Cooper, all of Emerson; brother-in-law Donald G. Daus of Falls Church, VA; sister-in-law Marion Maddocks of Council Bluffs; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.
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He was a faithful servant, he was a gentleman among men, a mentor above mentors, a steward of the land and all that the Lord afforded him in his long life. Everett fathered many well and passed on to generations all that he loved to do.
Thank you McGrew families for sharing Everett with us.
We are so sorry to hear of Everett's passing. The Indian Creek stop was not and will not be the same in the future with out him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Ken, Willo, Kendra, and Kayla Myers
To the family and friends of EVERETT MCGREW, I would like to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences. I am truly sorry for the lost that your family is feeling. Experiencing the lost of a beloved family is one of the hardest thing that any of us can go thru. And because of that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. During this extremely difficult time, please turn to God for comfort and support. He promise to give your family the strength needed in order to endure this great lost. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) Something else that can bring your family comfort is cherishing the wonderful memories of Mr. Everett. There precious memories will console the family in the day's ahead.
We are so sorry for the loss of Everette. He will be greatly missed.
Dearest McGrew family, Everett will be missed dearly! The East Mills Preschool classroom was fortunate numerous times to have him visit our class to give us a lesson on corn and also giving us tours of the museum via hay rides! We will miss him dearly. Thoughts and prayers. Dottie and Lance Varner
Sending our sympathy and prayers !! Everett was one great guy!! Always enjoyed visiting with him at the museum! He had lots knowledge! He always greeted you with a smile!!!
Everett was a wonderful person. I will miss seeing him in parades and at the museum. Treasure all your memories of his full life. Thinking of you all Mitch & Karen
Sorry for your dad, He was a really nice guy.
Mike and Phyllis Alexander
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a wonderful man.
How we loved this man. We had a lot of fun with him, plus his great qualities as a person. He was so supportive through our grandson's cancer, and trying to locate a home for our new pastor a couple years ago. Everett was there to just help others in life.. our last great time with him was the Neihart Ag. tour in June. He enjoyed it, and we enjoyed watching him have a good day. It is difficult to not be at the visitation or service as we are gone. Please know, we are praying for God's strength and peace for you all. Our sincere sympathy, Bill and Margaret Thomas
Ronnie and family, Our thoughts and prayers to all during this difficult time. Cherish your memories. Your father led a good life and taught you all well. I am sorry we will not make the services as we are out of state through August 1. Jerry and Sherri Bowen-Nissen
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