David P. Everett, 86, of 716 Broad St., Montoursville, quietly slipped away Monday, April 15, 2013, with family members at his side and Benny Goodman playing in the background. He was born on Broad Street in Montoursville on June 29, 1926, and was the son of Francis M. and Gladys Sweeley Everett.
Dave graduated from Montoursville High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Merchant Marine as a radio operator in 1944 to 1945 in Liberty Ship convoys in the North Atlantic and tanker operations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and Persian Gulf. In 1946, he joined the Army Air Force and served as a cryptographer in a communications center in Guam. He returned to government service in 1950 and served in the Army Security Agency in Korea in 1951.
Prior to deploying to Korea, he married his hometown sweetheart, Maxine Schrader, on Jan. 25, 1951. Upon his return from Korea, he completed his education at Penn State University and graduated with a bachelor's in education in 1954.
Following graduation, Dave returned to Montoursville and opened Everetts' Insurance Agency on Broad Street in partnership with his brother, Deavor. Over the years, the agency merged and expanded becoming Cooper-Everett, Cooper-Everett-Blessing and finally the Penn Insurance Agency. In 1983, he was one of four Central Pennsylvania insurance agents who founded the Keystone Insurers Group which over the years has grown to included hundreds of independent insurance agencies in eight states. He was also a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Pennsylvania where he served as Director, Secretary and President. After more than 40 years in the insurance business, he retired from Penn Insurance in 1995.
Dave was a longtime member of Bethany Lutheran Church and was involved in many community activities in Montoursville over the years including coaching Little League Baseball and as a member of Eureka Lodge 335 F&AM, American Legion Post 104 and the General John Burrows Historical Society.
Following his retirement, he was an avid reader of detective novels, a dedicated New York Times crossword puzzler, a volunteer at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, where he cataloged donated collections, and enjoyed playing golf and poker. For the past 15 or so years, Maxine and Dave spent the winter months in Sebring, Fla., where they met a wonderful group of friends with whom they enjoyed playing golf and socializing.
Dave is survived by his wife, Maxine; sons, Garth (Sue) of Muncy and Chris (Debbie) of Alpharetta, Ga.; granddaughters, Megan, Jenn and Sarah Everett and Corinne (Matt) McLaughlin; and great-grandchildren, Riley and Nolan Everett McLaughlin.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Deavor of Montoursville and Don of Fayetteville, N.C.
A memorial service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Montoursville on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Charles M. Heaps officiating, followed by a wake at the Everett home on Broad St.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to either the National Association for Down Syndrome, P.O. Box 206, Wilmette, IL 60091 or Hope Enterprises, 1536 Catherine St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.