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Harold Eugene Everly
April 25, 1924 - Dec. 21, 2013
Resident of Mountain View
Harold was born in Elkhart, Iowa to Eugene Ernest and Daisy Viola Everly and grew up in rural Missouri. Drafted into the Army at age 18, he was a decorated Duty Soldier during the India-Burma-China Offensive of WWII. He later transferred to the Army Air Corps and, during 20 years in the Air Force, specialized in radio communications, held a top secret security clearance, and was mostly stationed overseas in Panama, Germany, Libya, Azores, Morocco, Bermuda, and Japan. After retiring from the Air Force, Harold worked 20 years with the Postal Service and was a Letter Carrier who watched out for the shut-ins on his route and was always willing to pay for a postage stamp if someone needed one. "Retiring" again at age 62, he worked part-time for Palo Alto Unified School District delivering hot lunches to elementary schools. In 1967, Harold inherited an instant family when he married his wife Elderid. He was a devoted family man, loved their home in Mountain View, and was extraordinarily proud when their immediate family grew to include 5 generations. Harold and Elderid traveled extensively throughout the USA and to Scandinavia, Great Britain, Russia, China, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Harold served many years as an usher at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, and as an officer and behind-the-scenes volunteer for Sons of Norway, Nordahl Grieg Lodge in Los Gatos. He was very proud of his Air Force retirement and was a longtime member of the VFW and the Air Force Sergeants Association. Harold especially enjoyed being outdoors in the sunshine. He was soft-spoken, extremely polite, kind, and generous. He was the ultimate gentleman who always said "Thank you" and meant it. Harold is survived by his loving wife Elderid; stepdaughters Vicki Everly and Sharon Bratton of Fremont, and Linnea Williams of Mountain View; stepson Paul Kennelly of Newman Lake, WA; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers, a sister, and a grandson. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all. Services will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday, December 30 at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. Donations may be made in Harold's name to the Air Force Aid Society or the Solveig Club Scholarship Fund of Nordahl Grieg Lodge. www.altamesafuneralhome.com

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 28, 2013
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