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Everett W. Dingwell II


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Everett W. Dingwell II Obituary
December 9, 1931 - April 11, 2017 Everett William Dingwell II passed away peacefully at his home in Sacramento on April 11, 2017 with his wife Lenny and children by his side. Everett was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on December 9, 1931 to Everett and Esther (Van Scoyoc) Dingwell. He was the oldest of five children. When he was nine, his family traveled by train to California and settled in Lakewood. In 1949, Everett graduated from Excelsior High School, where he was known by his childhood nickname "Sparky." In 1954, Everett began his career at Certified Grocers of California, a wholesale grocery cooperative that supplies independent supermarkets. Everett's first job there was unloading boxcars on the rail docks. He soon moved to the warehouse and was promoted to general merchandise and then dry grocery buyer. In 1962, he left Certified to pursue sales management positions at other food operations. Everett married the love of his life, Lenny, in 1967. Everett returned to Certified in 1968, and advanced through a steady progression of management positions. He loved his work and always arrived at the office by 5:00 a.m. His sense of humor and talent for storytelling made him a popular public speaker. In 1988, Everett became President of Certified's Northern California division. In 1990, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Certified Grocers. He retired in 1995, having worked at the company for 35 years. He spent the next 14 years in semi-retirement, operating the Everett W. Dingwell Co., a food brokerage he ran with his son, John Dingwell. Over five decades in the grocery business, Everett developed deep friendships with people throughout the industry and was a mentor to many. He respected people who worked hard, valued loyalty, and maintained these friendships throughout his life. Everett and Lenny's home was the center of celebrations for their family and friends. Everett loved to travel and took many trips with his family all over the world. Everett and Lenny frequently made month-long driving trips across Europe, and were most passionate about Italy. Everett, an avid reader and history buff, enjoyed exploring small towns on foot, always keeping an eye out for small, aromatic restaurants favored by locals. In 2009, Everett and Lenny moved to Sacramento to enjoy son Michael, daughter Dawn and their grandchildren. As residents of a lakeside retirement community, they made many close friends, enjoying parties and trips with their neighbors. Everett played poker twice weekly with his "buddies." He loved being a grandpa, and was always in the front row at his grandchildren's sporting events and school performances. Everett and Lenny were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in November. Their love and affection for one another was extraordinary and an inspiration to all who knew them. Their love affair continued even as Everett's health began to falter early this year due to complications from COPD. Everett led a robust life throughout his 85 years. He was a model of strength, wit and wisdom for the entire family until the end. Everett is survived by his wife Lenny, sons John and Michael Dingwell, and daughter Dawn Collier; brother Donald Dingwell, sister Judy Nelson (Jim), and sister Sherry Spurlock (Jim); grandchildren Ethan (Kelly), Kyle and Emily Dingwell, and Eden, James and Mercy Collier; great-granddaughter Colby Ann Dingwell, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved granddaughter Hannah Dingwell and brother Douglas Dingwell. A private memorial service will be held in Southern California on May 13th. Memorial contributions may be made to the and Smile Train.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 11 to May 13, 2017
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