James Dick Richard Everard

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James "Dick"
Richard Everard
FREEBURG, ILL. - James "Dick" Richard Everard, 85, entered into rest on July 13, 2014 in Freeburg, IL. Dick was born in Orange, NJ on February 21, 1929, the only child of Jim and Laurie Everard. His family moved to Decatur, IL in 1936 during the Great Depression. Dick attended school and graduated in 1947 in the top quarter of his class also earning several major athletic letters in track and football. He later graduated from DePauw University in Indiana where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity and the "D" Association. Upon graduation, Dick immediately enlisted in the US Air Force. During the Korean War, he served in Korea with the USAF Security Service upon completing a Chinese language course at the Far Eastern Institute of Yale University. His duty also involved time with the 7th US Navy Fleet on an aircraft carrier. One week after returning to the states in 1954, Dick married his forever sweetheart, Heila Dunnett-a suburban Chicago girl who had been attending Millikin University in his home town of Decatur. After military service, the family lived in Flint, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, MI while Dick worked in various management positions for 32 years at various locations and assignments with the GM Corporation. After retirement in 1989, Dick and Heila moved to their newly constructed "dream home" in Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken, SC. After many years of collecting early American antiques, Dick and Heila began selling them as well. To be closer to the source of great antiques, they purchased a summer home in Vermont. Following his wife's passing in 1999, Dick's desire to go it alone in the antique business wore down (though he continued as a collector) and he subsequently moved with his trusty dog companion, Fudo, to a continued care lifetime community called Brandon Wilde in Georgia. Dick was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Aiken, SC as well as Presbyterian churches wherever he lived. He was loved and respected by his family friends. As they were in this life, Heila and Dick will be together in eternity.
Dick is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Heila (nee Dunnett) Everard and is survived by his son, Douglas (Kim) Everard, of Hoosick Falls, NY; and his supportive daughter, Pamela (Dave) Kniepkamp of Belleville, IL; and 7 grandchildren.
Following cremation, Dick's cremains will be interred next to his wife's in the columbarium of the First Presbyterian Church of Aiken, SC, the scattering garden of the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, MI, and in a plot at a small country cemetery of Peru, VT. Memorials are appreciated to the First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801 and the Brandon Wilde CCLC, 4275 Owens Road, Evans, GA 30809.
Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.valhalla
gardensandfuneralhome.com
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on July 17, 2014
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