Eugene's Story

PRESQUE ISLE - Eugene Earle Everett, beloved husband of Sylvia Eda Peterson, passed away on December 16, 2015 in Sykesville, Maryland, following a lingering illness. Gene was born on December 17, 1923 in Presque Isle, Maine, the son of Thomas Earle and Lela (Mooers) Everett.

He graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1941. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. With the Second Division, he served as a radio operator in the Pacific campaign from the invasion of Saipan through the occupation of Japan. He earned a Purple Heart on Saipan and advanced to the rank of sergeant. He remained a lifelong member of the Second Division Association. On his return to Presque Isle he worked for the Northern National Bank and received advanced training under the GI bill. During his years in Presque Isle Gene was active in the American Legion, the Congregational Church, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and other organizations.

After a career in banking and thirty years in the wholesale grocery business, he retired in 1984 and moved to Florida. He was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for ten years in Ocala, and was named volunteer of the year in 2003. Sylvia and he lived in Maryland near their daughter for the remaining years of his life.

Besides his wife of sixty-eight years, he is survived by his son Michael Everett and wife Paula and Paula's children Andrew Hiss and Kate Hiss, his daughter Dr. Beverly Everett and husband John Kocak. He is survived by his sister Marjorie (Mrs. Dana Bishop) of Presque Isle and his brother Ronald and wife Jo Ann of Manassas, Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Howard.

A graveside service will be held in the Spring.

Donations in Gene's memory may be sent to the Second Marine Division Association, Scholarship Fund, PO Box 8180, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547 and Gilchrist Hospice, 11311 McCormick Road, Ste. 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031-9981.
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