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Steve Everist Sr.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Steve (Thomas Stephen) Everist Sr., 90, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at home in Sioux Falls, S.D., after a brief bout with cancer. His wife of 67 years, Katherine (Baxter) was by his side.

Steve's family remembers how he loved his workshop and fixing anything that was broken. He was a life-long boater, but he especially loved sailing. He was a golfer, tennis player, sculptor, classical music lover, sailboat race judge, sun-worshiper, businessman, community supporter, veteran football-bettor (who didn't care who won), bird-lover, and family man.

Steve and Katherine built their first house in Seattle with their own hands. They have fond memories of sailing across the Atlantic ocean on a 100-foot sailboat as part of a crew of nine. In Sioux Falls, they loved canoeing down the Sioux River surrounded by fireflies. In 1958, with 16 other families, they buried a 25-year time capsule containing their predictions for the future. In 1983, all the families gathered again to open the capsule and reminisce.

Every summer for the last 50 years family and friends spent many fun times at the Everist's cottage on Lake Okoboji, Ia. During the winters, Steve and Katherine lived in Boca Grande, Fla., where they did lots of boating, golfing, and watching the sunsets on the beach with friends. All would gather on First Street in their golf carts and Steve always had his pretzels and chardonnay over ice to give his "Kaflusky!" toast.

Steve was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Sioux City, Ia., to Julia (Green) and Hubert H. Everist. The fifth of seven children, he grew up in Sioux City, attended Canterbury School, Princeton University, the University of Colorado, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married his childhood sweetheart Katherine Baxter at Lake Okoboji, Ia. in 1943.

Their first child, Susan, was born in Sioux City, Ia. The family moved to Seattle, Washington, where Steve got a job with Dun and Bradstreet. Daughter, Kim and son, Tom were born there. In 1950, the family moved to Dell Rapids, S.D., for a short time before settling in Sioux Falls where daughter, Anne was born.

Steve had a long, successful career with his brother, Rick at LG Everist, Inc., rock aggregate producers. For many years, Steve was a member of and held offices in Downtown Rotary, Okoboji Yacht Club, Minnehaha Country Club (aka "The Dubby-Dub"), Sioux Falls Parking Board, Avera McKennan Hospital Board of Trustees, Sioux Falls Traffic Bureau, and United Way. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls, St. Albans Episcopal Church in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Boca Grande, Florida.

Steve (Dear, Dad, Grandpa, Grandfather, Grampy, Great-Grampa) will be very much missed by his wife and his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Katherine (Kathy/Kath) Baxter Everist; children: Susan Everist Scott (Duane Waack, special friend), Sioux Falls, Kim Everist (Mike VanSlambrouck), Davis, Calif., Tom Everist (Barb McBride), Sioux Falls, and Anne (Anney) Everist Rehm (Dennis), Austin, Texas; grandchildren: Ted McMillan (Missy), Anchorage, Alaska; Steve Everist, Denver, Colo., Steve McMillan (Kiria), Lakeville, Minn., and Panama, Central America, Julie McLaughlin (Jim), Washington, DC, Mike Everist (Christina), Denver, Colo., Nancy Bateman (Curtis), Alexandria, Va., and Lacey Everist Books (Paul), Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren: Emma McMillan, Gianna McMillan, Katiana McMillan, Isabela McMillan and William McLaughlin; siblings: Juliana Schust, Sarasota, Fla., Garland Everist (Betty), Sioux City, Ia., Hubert Everist, Jr., Sioux City, Ia., Phil Everist, Sioux Falls, Rick Everist (Marian), Leawood, Kansas, and Dan Everist, Sioux City, Ia.; and 32 nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Julie (Green) Everist; and his father, Hubert H. Everist, who lived to age 103.

A memorial service will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2707 W. 33rd Street, Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a celebration of Steve's life at Breezwood Cottage, Dixon Beach, Lake Okoboji, Ia. in July. Date and time to be announced.

Memorials may be directed to Avera McKennan Foundation, Avera McKennan Hospice & Palliative Care, The South Dakota Symphony, Washington Pavilion, Good Samaritan Society, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Calvary Cathedral, St. Albans Episcopal Church, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.