Everett W. Moder, 90, of Deltona, passed away May 5, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He was born August 13, 1921, in The Bronx, NY, to William and Mabel (Stirn) Moder. Possessed of a quick wit and disarming sense of humor, Everett looked forward to the adventures and challenges of each new day and lived his life to the fullest. He married Irene Ivens Chrestesen in 1942 and less than a year later began his service in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga-CV3. Upon his discharge 2-1/2 years later, they made their home in Queens Village, NY. He retired from the New York City Fire Department in 1959, at which time he moved with his wife, his parents, and three daughters to Gales Ferry, CT. He won awards as Senior Supervisor of Graphic Arts, Photography, and Printing at General Dynamics/Electric Boat, where he worked until 1978. A compassionate man, he often invited homesick sailors from the nearby submarine base to dinner, asking his wife to "throw another bean in the pot, dear." In 1982 the couple retired to Deltona, Florida. Everett pursued many artistic interests, including darkroom photography, leather Grafting, lapidary, and woodworking; he also enjoyed singing in the CT SPEBSQSA Barbershop Chorus, playing bagpipes in the Shriners Bagpipe Band, and creating intricately designed greeting cards on his computer. He could do just about anything to which he applied his sharp mind and considerable skills. An Eagle Scout early in his youth, he later became a beloved and respected Scout leader. A 32nd degree Mason and a lifetime member of the American Legion, he was also active in his church as a licensed lay reader. He was an avid gardener (growing everything from artichokes to zucchinis), expert crossword enthusiast, and accomplished cook. His signature "rubber pancakes" (crepes) were highly prized by church function organizers, camping boy scouts, and early-rising family members alike. He and his wife enjoyed traveling extensively to destinations around the world and across the U.S., often accompanied by family and friends. Throughout his life he gave of himself, led by example, and sought to experience and learn as much as he could. He truly lived life fully and well. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Irene; his brother Harvey (Mary) Moder; daughters Lynne (Eugene) Johnson, Meryl Rockefeller, and Kirn Moder; grandsons Everett and Christopher Johnson, Joal Clark, and Jarrod Craft; seven great-grandchildren; four nieces; and five cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and his son-in-law, Lance Rockefeller. At his request, no service was held. Memorial donations may be made to FDNY Foundation (9 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201) or Vitas Hospice of Daytona Beach (2381 Mason Ave., Ste. 100, Daytona Beach, FL 32117).
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 24, 2012