Everett Ray Stedman
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October 4, 1924
March 28, 2013
Everett was born as a twin to brother Ernest Roy, to parents Margaret & Thomas Stedman in Modesto, CA. Everett died at age 88 at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, in Carson City, NV, where he had excellent treatment.
Everett danced with his sister and twin brother for 4 years before high school. They all danced in a private Dancing company in Modesto, CA. In high school, Everett was a football player for three years. He played on the first string light weight team in sophomore and junior years, as first string left guard. His senior year he played first string left guard, at 125 pounds. He earned footballs 2nd team on the central California all-star team. He was also a shot put thrower for the track and field. Everett graduated from Modesto High School in February 1943, and was drafted in the army with his twin brother in March 1943.
Everett became an Aerial Gunner by going through three schools and became a Sargent. He and Ernie were ordered to the 484th Bomb Group, Everett as a ball gunner on his B-24 Bomber. The group flew to Italy where they joined the 15th Air Force. There he flew 50 combat missions. When he and his brother finished their missions, at that time, the group had lost many bombers from 66 original groups. Everett and his brother returned to Laredo, TX and became training instructors at the instructors school. They instructed officers on the flying end of the Officers Gunnery School, on B-17 Bombers. He taught the officers guns, turrets and first aid. Four months later, he and his brother were sent to B-29 School. He trained on B-29 for three weeks and was ready to go and bomb Japan. When the big bombs wiped out two Japan city's, his B-29 school was closed after that. He thanked the lord. Everett and his brother Ernest were discharged on October 8, 1945. Everett earned 6 air medals, E.T.O. ribbon, Good Conduct medal and other medals.
After returning home, Everett had two years at Modesto Junior College. After College, he joined the Modesto Fire Department for six years, then he became a butcher and bought a butcher shop. Six years later, he became a fireman again, in the city of South Lake Tahoe, CA, in 1962, where he retired in 1980.
His last six years he was a Battalion Chief. Everett was a member of the Carson City American Legion. He loved to go to different company's and groups, and describe his army life with his twin brother.
Everett's first wife gave him his son Donald and his daughter Julie. Everett's second wife, Nicki, was his wife for several years also. Both wives preceded him in death. He is survived by brother Ernest Stedman, sister Peggy Stanford, Oklahoma, son Donald and daughter Julie. He is also survived by two grandchildren.
Any donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Carson City, NV, 89703, in memory of Everett Stedman. He was a deacon at the church for many years. Everett was cremated and ashes placed by his wife's location, near Gardnerville, NV.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Sept. 5, 2013