Perry’s Everett Van Pelt


Everett Van Pelt, 91, of Perry died Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at MercyOne Hospice Care in Johnston, Iowa.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 29 at First United Methodist Church in Perry. Interment will be at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, Iowa. Visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home.

Everett Harold Van Pelt was born on January 5, 1931 in Boone County, Iowa, the son of Harold Ernest and Dorothy Mae (Grove) Van Pelt.

Everett graduated from Ogden High School in 1950.

He enlisted in the United States Navy on January 4, 1951 and was honorably discharged on November 15, 1954, after serving his country in the Korean War.

Everett married Ilene Maye Lingren on March 31, 1951 at Community United Methodist Church in Ogden, Iowa. Wonderful memories were created during their 71 years of marriage.

A favorite was when they danced to their signature song, “Mountain Music” from Alabama. That’s when the cameras came out, and the crowd formed a circle and cheered to their delight.

In 1958 they moved to Perry and Everett worked for 32 years as a machinist at the John Deere plant in Ankeny until his retirement.

He was a member of the Perry Masonic Lodge and the Bass Fishing Club.

A generous, hardworking, and fearless man best describes Everett outside of his love of fishing, hunting, and storytelling.

He took pride in his garden and spent endless hours working with wood, crafting treasures for his family with his stamp of love on each unique piece.

He loved his family and lived for his grandchildren. Thanks to them, they are what gave life a greater meaning for him. . . love them and spend time with each of them.

Everett is survived by his wife, Ilene; children, Debra (Ray) Heenan of Perry, Vicki (Rick Bach) Van Pelt of Granger and Brenda Van Pelt of North Liberty, Iowa; grandchildren, Amanda (Ben Brown) Heenan, Krista (Jeff) Scieszinski, Natasha (Ryan) McCrory, Nathan (Maggie) Keenan, Caleb (Kali Hein) Keenan, Zach (Alisha) Mulder and Jesse Mulder; great-grandchildren, Callie Scieszinski, Mackenzie Scieszinski, Stella Scieszinski, Korin McCrory, Carissa Keenan, Gavin McCrory, Caeden Keenan, Connor Keenan, Zane Mulder, Bella Mulder and Grace Mulder; and her sister, Darlene (Stan) Pitt.

His parents predeceased him; daughter, Connie Lou Van Pelt Schuhardt; brothers, Kenneth Van Pelt, Harold Van Pelt and Keith Van Pelt.

Condolences for his family and memorials in Everett’s name may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home. Online condolences can be posted at murdockfuneralhome.net.

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