OBERLIN — Everett E. Tyree, 67, of Oberlin, after an eight month battle with pancreatic cancer, took his last breath on Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was where he wanted to be, at home with his family around him. His body was donated to the Cleveland Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Everett was born June 11, 1946, in Lorain, Ohio, and grew up in Sheffield Village. He graduated from Brookside High School in 1965, where he played on the 1964 championship basketball team.
After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving from 1965 to 1968 and receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant. He was a member of American Legion Post 656.
Before returning to Lorain, Everett was aircraft mechanic crew chief for ServAir-Vertis in Wrightstown, N.J., where he supervised mechanics crews in charge of general aircraft maintenance pre- and post-flight at both JFK International Airport in New York and Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania. He also worked as a civilian mechanic at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., responsible for maintenance of military aircraft en route to Europe.
From 1970 to 1984, Everett worked at U.S. Steel, starting as a union equipment operator. In 1973 and 1974, he was part of the team that achieved monthly tonnage records. Everett ultimately worked up the ranks as conditioning yard production foreman, rolling mill production supervisor, and finally general foreman.
After U.S. Steel downsized in 1984, Everett joined the Oberlin College physical plant department, starting as a maintenance technician and working up to service pool and transportation manager and physical plant area supervisor of mechanical maintenance.
In 2002, Everett was hired as business manager for Oberlin Public Schools, where he served until his retirement. Once retired, he continued to enjoy working as a substitute bus driver for the schools. He also drove the bus on Sundays for First Church members.
Everett was also involved in his community. When his boys were young, he coached Oberlin community soccer teams for many years, and was assistant den leader for Cub Scout Den 460. He was J.V. soccer coach at Oberlin High School for one season and he was a founding board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County. Everett was also a Rotarian and was proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow.
Everett served four terms on Oberlin city council, 2000 to 2007, including three years as vice chair. While on council he was honored to serve, at the request of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, on the selection committee for the U. S. Military Academy students from the 9th congressional district.
In 2001, Everett became the proud co-owner of The UPS Store in Oberlin and he was very proud that his younger son has worked with the family business for many years and that his older son is taking over full-time management of the business.
Everett is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kristin L. Peterson, and sons Damien Aaron Tyree and Derek Leonard Tyree. Also surviving are his brother Dallas Ronald Tyree (Loryane) and sister Linda Tyree; aunt Helen Crisp; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Dallas Marion Tyree and Major Riley Tyree, and older brother Sherman Wright Tyree.
A celebration of Everett's life will be held Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at First Church in Oberlin UCC. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, Oberlin Community Youth Scholarship Fund, or Oberlin Youth Soccer Association.