Everrett William Smith, age 86, of Howard Lake, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.
Easter Sunday morning, April 16, 1933, Everrett was born to Arthur and Caroline (Hempel) Smith at the family farm in Middleville Township, west of Howard Lake.
He attended Howard Lake elementary and high school, graduating in 1951.
After high school, Everrett farmed with his father until entering the US Army in 1955, serving 16 months in Korea.
Following his discharge, Everrett worked at 3M in Hutchinson until returning to the farm full time in 1958. He later attended ag management classes under the GI bill and served on the local school board.
Everrett married Elaine Frank June 28, 1957. The couple raised three children, farmed, and had a business producing and retailing eggs for many years.
Everrett became a substitute rural mail carrier in 1982. This turned into a full-time carrier job in 1989. At that time, the livestock were sold, but Everrett and his family continued to farm the land. After retirement from the post office, Everrett’s son, Larry, took over operating the farm.
Everrett continued to help on the farm, delivered Meals on Wheels, and became a part of the sing-a-long group at the care center in his retirement. He looked forward to Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., when it was time to sing!
Several winters were spent at Roadhaven Resort in Apache Junction, AZ.
Everrett was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake, serving as an elder and trustee at various times.
He also served as treasurer of Middleville Township for 31 years.
Everrett remained on the farm until September of 2018, when he entered Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.
A man of deep faith, Everrett was always there for his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted member of the community, and enjoyed working on his farm.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine; his children, Larry (Laurie) Smith, Jeanne (David) Mages, and Debbie (David) Honebrink; and seven grandchildren, Ryan Smith, Kyle (Alicia) Smith, Chelsea (David) Buttenhoff, Trevor (fiancée Catheryn Barth) Mages, Cassie Mages, Danny Mages, and Jason Honebrink. Everrett was also a great-grandpa to Malachi and Levi Smith, and has another great-grandchild due in February.
Everrett is further survived by a sister, Helen Zander; and brother, Dale (Carol) Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Margueritte; his sister, Dorothy Janneke; and sisters- and brothers-in-law.
Everrett’s funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake, with Pastor Carol Chmielewski officiating. Interment was in Howard Lake Cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, Dec. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake handled the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.