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Everett K Chaplin

December 5, 1916 November 26, 2006
Everett K Chaplin
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Everett Keller Chaplin 89, of Frederic, WI (Clam Falls Township) died at the Capeside Cove Good Samaritan Center, in Siren, WI on November 26, 2006. Everett was born December 5, 1916 in Elm Creek Township, Cowles, Nebraska to Sarah Elizabeth (Conrad) and Thomas Jefferson Chaplin. His early years were spent growing up in Cowles, Neb. where as a teenager he worked on farms for his many brothers and sisters while attending school through the tenth grade. Everett was the youngest in the family of fourteen siblings. On October 5, 1935 he was united in marriage to Wilma Irene Kudrna. The first year they spent in the "Sand Hills" of Nebraska tending a herd of cattle. Next was a move to Marion, Iowa to work on a farm. After that it was on to DeMoine, IA where Everett entered the armed services, then he was transferred to Warrenton, Virginia and finally to California where he was shipped out to Guam where his job was to take type and take code. Everett was in the Enlisted Army Reserve Corps from December 5, 1942 to February 28, 1946. After Everett's return from the service he worked in a gas station and garage in Truckee, California with a brother-in-law, then Wilma and he moved to Portland, Oregon where he . worked for Suella Steel Company. On February 15, 1950 a son Rodney was born and a year and a half later Everett and his family moved back to his home state of Nebraska. In March, 1957 Everett, Wilma and Rodney moved to a Wisconsin dairy farm in Maple Valley near Clam Falls, WI. Although Everett worked many hours on and off the farm he enjoyed cat fishing at midnight and deer hunting in Wisconsin woods. He liked playing cards with his brothers and in later years at the Maple Valley Town Hall with friends and neighbors. Spending time with family was a bright spot in Everett's life, especially with his only grandson Josh. Everett and Wilma enjoyed numerous trips in the 80's and 90's out West to visit many relatives, attend reunions and visit places of interest. Everett has been a member of the Masonic Lodge (The Grand Trojan Lodge of Marion, Iowa for 51 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 249 of Frederic, WI for 30 years. Everett served on the Clam Falls Town Board for ten years and the Frederic Farmers Union Board for several years also. On August 8, 2005 Everett entered Capeside Cove at Siren, WI and made that his home. He kept busy with physical therapy, playing checkers, Bunko and card bingo. He attended Sunday School and church services there and enjoyed Lawrence Welk Shows as well as coffee time and special events. He enjoyed visiting with other residents and teasing some of the workers. The last several months Everett experienced progressive failing health and the activities he loved waned from the usual pace. Everett was preceded in death by his parents Sarah and Thomas; by seven brothers and six sisters and his wife Wilma of 67 years. Everett is survived by son Rodney and daughter-in-law Sylvia; grandson Josh all of Frederic; one sister Lola Mason of Chandler, Arizona and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation was held November 30, 2006 from at the Rowe Funeral Home Frederic. Funeral services were held December 1, 2006 at the Clam Falls Lutheran Church with Pastor Larry Juergensen officiating. Music was provided by organist Marie Sanborn and soloist Milton Johnson. Pallbearers were Greg Anderson, Lewis Byerly, Earl Jensen, Eric Lund, Brad Olson, and Gary Sederlund. Honorary Pallbearer Dan Byerly working at the South Pole unable to attend. Internment was at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Frederic, WI. Military honors were accorded by the Northern Wisconsin State Honor Guard program Spooner Detachment. The Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic was entrusted with arrangements.

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