Remembering the life of Dean Everest


Dean W. Everest

Dean W. Everest, age 86 of New Paris, IN, died at 2 a.m. on Monday, January 8, at The Waters of Wakarusa.
He was born on November 6, 1937 in New Paris, IN to Ralph and Gladys (Stark) Everest.
Dean was a 1956 graduate of New Paris High School and lived most of his life in the New Paris area.
On June 22, 1956, Dean married Lorita Hess at the Union Center Church of the Brethren, where they continued to attend and were longtime members. Dean served the church in many capacities. He was a Deacon Emeritus, and has also served as a Sunday school teacher and most recently helped manage and maintain the property. Dean and Lorita loved to travel, especially with their Sunday School class.
Dean was a farmer and enjoyed raising cows and pigs. When he was younger, he worked installing and servicing Harveststore silos for local farmers before working for many years at Martin’s Feed Mill in New Paris. He later worked at New Paris Hardware before retiring in 2002.
In retirement, he drove for local Amish.
Dean was heavily involved in the Elkhart County 4H Swine Club. He was active in helping both his children and grandchildren with their projects and served as leader of the Swine Club for 15+ years.
Throughout his life, Dean enjoyed fishing, country music and collecting toy tractors. He traveled yearly to Iowa to his favorite toy tractor show. He was a handyman for family and friends, always willing to lend a hand to fix what needed fixing.
Most of all, Dean loved the family campouts they had each year, starting as a weekend and developing into a weeklong family campout each July 4th, Dean loved the family all coming together on these occasions. He truly loved his family, especially his grandchildren; and he never missed a birthday, band contest, or sporting event.
Dean is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorita Everest of Wakarusa; 3 children, Rick (Jill) Everest of New Paris, Shari (Gary) Searer of Nappanee, and Peggy (Jeff) Wisler of New Paris; a son-in-law, Jeff McElheny of Goshen; 4 grandchildren, Benjamin (Clairin) Wisler, Laura (Matthew Gonzalez) Everest, Nathan Searer, and Cassy (Tanner) White; 8 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Wanda Stump of Goshen.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debbie McElheny; 1 sister, Dorothy Simpson; and 7 brothers: Kenneth, Thane, George, Herbert, Bruce, Boyd, and Ned Everest.
Visitation will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, at the Union Center Church of the Brethren, Nappanee. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 with Pastor Frank Ramirez officiating.
Burial will follow in Union Center East Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Dean’s name can be made to Union Center Church of the Brethren.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder funeral home.

Published on January 9, 2024

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