Kenneth "Ike" Gerald Van Every, 94, of O'Neill died Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Arbor Care Center in O'Neill.
Visitation was held Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 22, 2021 at the mortuary in O'Neill. Rev. Mike Durre officiated.
Burial was in the Page Cemetery in O'Neill with military rites provided by the O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93 and the Page American Legion Post 315.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Kenneth was born Nov. 18, 1926 at home in Opportunity, to James E and Barbara (Nitz) Van Every. Kenneth attended O’Neill Public Schools through his freshman year, then went to work.
He worked for many neighbors around the O’Neill, Page and Niobrara areas. He obtained his GED in 1981.
Ike joined the U.S. Army on June 21, 1945 and was stationed in Germany in a carpenter shop of a hospital. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 18, 1946.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 93 for years.
Ike met Frances Grubbs at a dance in Oakview Park. They were married on March 20, 1948 and to this union five children were born. Frances later passed away on Dec. 28, 1973.
Ike married Mary Ann (Winkler) Etherton on Aug. 11, 1978. Kenneth gained a stepson Tom and a stepdaughter Joan Long. Mary passed away in January of 2008.
Ike rode horses all of his life until his kids told him it was no longer safe. He loved to dance, watch Polka Joe and Molly B on RFD TV. He liked to play cards and continued to play solitaire until shortly before his death.
Ike is survived by his five children Gerald (Sharma) Van Every of Raymond, Dennis (Kathy) Van Every, Kathy Van Every, Mary Jo Leichleiter and K. George (Karen) Van Every, all of Page; two stepchildren Tom (Lorraine) Etherton of Atkinson and Joan (Randy) Long of O’Neill; eight grandchildren Jeremey (Angie Moore) Van Every, Jenn (Chuck) Hildebrand, Jeff (Jenae) Van Every, Greg (Luisa) Van Every, Denise (Nathan) Andrews, Rachel Tulley, Troy Tulley and Travis Leichleiter; five stepgrandchildren Ed (Shannon) Etherton, Pat (Kat) Etherton, Christy (Steve) Hostert, Julie (Noah) Maulsby and Mike Long; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Ella Van Every of O’Neill and Beth Grubbs of Creighton; and many nieces, nephews, friends and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers George, Leslie (Gretchen), Melvin, Clyde (Irene) and Jim [George and Mildred were infants]; three sisters Mary Jane (Sanford) Gamel, Mildred Van Every, and Evelyn (Bill) Derickson.