On July 13, 1925, a baby boy was born to Roy and Mabel (Lindsey) Harmon at home on the farm in Chase County, Neb. Roy and Mabel named their firstborn Everette.
At the age of 92, Everette passed away and went to join his wife Edna in heaven on Sept. 16, 2017.
He grew up on the farm. He was always a good student, especially in math. He started Imperial High School at the age of 13, rooming during the week with his cousins Ernest and Darlene Hinck. He graduated from high school in January 1942. This gave Everette three years before being drafted for World War II.
He made good use of the time, becoming one of the best pheasant shots in the county and finding a gorgeous young blonde named Edna Walcott up the road in Holyoke, Colo.
Everette and Edna were married April 28, 1945, having eloped to St. Francis, Kan. Two weeks later, he reported for basic training at Fort Riley, Kan. Fortunately, the war ended before he completed basic training. A timely leave at the end of basic training resulted in their first son, Louis.
Discharged from the Army in Sept. 1946, Everette returned to Holyoke, Colo., where he worked as an electrician’s apprentice and farmhand until renting the Walcott family farm 17 miles southeast of Holyoke, Colo. in 1950.
Their son Bill (Willard) joined them in 1951. The family was baptized in 1960 at the First Christian Church, where Everette and Edna were active until the end of their lives.
After 14 years on the farm, he started a land leveling/excavation business to support the irrigation development in the area. The successful business allowed Everette and Edna to build their own home in Holyoke, Colo. in 1966, doing virtually all the work themselves.
He was noted for his skills as a “scraper jockey,” gardener, carpenter, woodworker, welder and electrician, making him the extended family go-to man for anything that needed fixed.
He is survived by his brother Alvin (Cora Mae) Harmon; sons Louis (Julie) and Bill (Sandy); grandchildren Brenda Harmon, Jill (Chris) Bard, Jennifer (Brian) Overland and John Ross (Tiffany) Harmon; and great-grandchildren Brooks Harmon, Bracken and Nicholas Overland, and Ethan and Abigail Bard.
Visitation is Thursday (today), Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Baucke Funeral Home in Holyoke, Colo.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at First Christian Church in Holyoke, Colo., with interment to follow at the Holyoke Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church. Baucke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.