Everett F. Souders

            Everett F. Souders, 88, of Kaneville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center, DeKalb.

            He was born Dec. 2, 1919, the son of George and Helen (Cook) Souders in New Ville, Penn. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Sugar Grove.

            Everett attended local schools and graduated from Sugar Grove High School in 1937.

            He worked for Burlington Northern in Chicago as a clerk until he enlisted into the United States Navy in 1942. Everett proudly served on numerous ships as a radio operator in the European Theater during WWII.

            After returning to civilian life in 1945, Everett went back to work at Burlington Northern and found the love of his life at Long’s Barn a year later. Virginia Long captured his heart, and after a whirlwind courtship, they were united in marriage in her mother’s home on Nov. 28, 1946.

            They began their new life in Aurora for a time before settling on her father’s farm in Kaneville. There began a lifelong connection with the land as he tilled the fields and tended the livestock for the next 50 years.

            Everett was a proud member of the Elburn American Legion, Post 630, as well as the Aurora Navy League.

            Everett had the “gift of gab” and was always willing to lend an ear to any conversation. This gift brought him friendships from many walks of life and always brought a smile to his face. These and many more memories are the legacy he leaves behind for his friends and family to cherish for years to come.

            He now leaves his loving wife, Virginia; three children,  Roger (Blanca) Souders of Kaneville, Linda (Andy) Stavrou of Geneva, and Cindy (Ed) Kleren of North Aurora; three grandchildren, Rodger Souders, Chad Souders and Neal Kleren, and a family of friends.

            He now joins his parents, two brothers and three sisters, who preceded him in death.

            Friends called on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A service to celebrate his life followed the visitation. Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiated, and private family interment will occur at a later date. 

            A memorial has been established in his name to benefit the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Checks may be made to the “Everett Souders Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.