SMS Everett Denny Sr., son, husband, father, brother, mentor, boss and buddy departed this earth for the “Wild Blue Yonder” and Heaven’s gate on February 11, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.
Everett was born to Augustus and Nellie (Hutchison) Denny on August of 1929 in Jasonville, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Freeman Denny USN retired; and sisters, Hazel Fox and Rosemary Russell.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly (Blades) Denny of the home; brothers, CWO4 Frank Denny, U.S. Army retired and wife, Karen of Evansville, IN., Norman Denny and wife Anna of Terre Haute, IN.; and sister, June West of Linton, IN.
Everett and Beverly had 64 years of an interesting , well traveled and happy life. Parents to MSGT Everett Jr., retired USAF, Mark Denny and Cindi and Mary Denny all of Leann, MO., Jason Denny and Claire of The Colony Texas, Army SGT, Phillip and Ruby Denny of Richardson, TX.; grandchildren, Melissa Sloan and Tommy, Margaret Hanson of Springfield, MO., Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Denny at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, YX., Jessica, Victoria and Alexandria Denny of The Colony, TX.; step-granddaughter, Alana Hindman and Zac of Perryville, MO. And 8 great-grandchildren.
Everett and Beverly met at a USO dance in the Masonic Temple in Cheyenne, WY. In 1949 and were married November 11, 1951 at Argonne Chapel in Fort Frances E. Warren Army Base. After USAF split from the original U.S. Army Air Corps in 1948 Everett moved on into USAF. Everett’s career with Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base serving under General Curtis E. LeMay, began as an Air Force Missileer, AFSC instructor at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, WY. And Telecom Specialist, eventually promoted to NCOIC of Base Communications at various stateside bases, Hickam and Wheeler Air Force bases in Reykavik, Iceland. He became an instructor in the Atlas D Missile Program where he wrote the original AFSC training plan of the time and was heavily involved in the installation and hard wiring of Americas strategic missile defense system in the Western U.S.. Everett retired from the United States Air Force in 1968 at Tyndall AFB, Florida where he last served faithfully, honorably and with distinction for twenty years.
Coming back to their farm in Southwest Missouri, Everett and Beverly began a new and interesting phase of their lives. After retirement from USAF, a second career with Yale-Industrial Trucks Gammon Incorporated of Springfield, MO. Brought great satisfaction working for Mr. W. Ron Gammon and his enterprise. Starting out as an electronics service technician on Yale lift trucks and all other brands, promoted into sales six months later and eventually earning his role as Co. Vice President in 1979 where Mr. Gammon based him and Beverly out of the N. Little Rock office for several years and upon retiring from Yale-Gammon permanently ended the commute to the farm.
Everett was a member of the United Methodist Church in Aurora, a 32nd Degree mason and Shriner having served as Potentate of the Lawrence County Shrine Club and member of The Abou Ben Adhem Temple in Springfield, MO., former member of the Schofield Masonic Lodge in Wahiawa, HI. And Charter member of the Air Force Sergeants Assoc. (AFSA). Everett loved flying his Piper Cherokee airplane, motorcycling across country with Beverly and riding his horses with his boys. He had been down many paths where he never met a stranger. He was a friend to all and offered a helping hand to those in need and could administer a “tune up” when needed as well. Being that friend and offering a hand throughout his life, venturing out into the unknown of the late 1940’s and 1950’s with wife Beverly at his side, when it came to being a good neighbor…pro-active with race relations, knocking down ethnic and religious barriers and “customs” of America during those early years. They both provided a fun and safe environment to all other neighbor kids on and off base, having lived on both sides of military and civilian housing and a friendly environment based on friendship and learning where one and all was welcome at their front door. At all the various places called home, all were welcome to sit a spell over coffee/tea and visit or find longer term comfort inside the home, if you needed a shelter or a meal. Everett and Beverly’s leadership style and common sense attitude was ahead of the times then and that blessing was instilled in all five siblings.
Much love and many thank you’s to Rowena and Lacey of Oxford Hospice Care. They are “Angels Unaware” who made Everett’s days and hours easier with their care, presence and compassion. Everett Sr. will be sorely missed by his family who love him dearly and always will.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church, Wounded Warrior Project or Oxford Hospice Care in Springfield.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Aurora United Methodist Church under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Leann Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held Wed. from 1:00 p.m. until service time in the church.
Peterson Funeral Chapel