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Everett B. Beals

April 1, 1925 — January 18, 2020

A celebration of life service for Everett B. Beals, 94, of Chariton, will be Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Chariton. Burial will be at the Chariton Cemetery following the service. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in care of Everett's family. Everett Burton Beals was born April 1, 1925 to Isaac and Edith Beals in Adel, Iowa. Everett was one of four children born to the couple and was raised alongside his siblings near Martensdale, Iowa. He graduated from Martensdale High School in 1943. Everett helped his father farm for eleven and a half years before being deferred to produce food during the last two years of WWII. Everett was drafted to the Army right after VJ Day in 1945 and worked as a mail carrier. He delivered messages on a motorcycle around Camp Lee, Virginia. After thirteen months of service, Everett was honorably discharged and returned home. Everett worked odd jobs for six months and then returned to farming. He could pick 100 bushels of ear corn by hand and scoop it off in a day. He cut hedge posts with an axe and sold his share. He then began testing cows for milk production for Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He did that for two years and two weeks. Everett lived with the farmers who employed him. He slept in twenty-three different beds a month for two years and worked for the Iowa State College Dairy Farm five nights a month. On January 16, 1954, Everett was united in marriage to Ruth Rowena Keeton in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple was blessed with four children: Everett Burton Jr., Bob, Bill, and Mary Elizabeth. Everett took a job inseminating cows artificially for eleven and a half years in Howard Co. and then moved his family to their own farm near Chariton, Iowa in April 1961. He put the crop in and did paving construction for a month. In addition to farming, Everett worked at the VA Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa, usually as a night nursing assistant, for thirty-five years. He retired at the age of seventy-one in September 1996 after a lifetime of hard work. Everett and Ruth went on a mission trip to Haiti in 1984. They helped put up the walls on a church and another group put the roof on a year later. After returning home, Everett started teaching Sunday School at the local nursing home and continued to do so into his nineties. He would visit anyone he knew in the local hospital most Sunday mornings. He been a deacon or an elder at First Baptist Church for years. Everett enjoyed a wonderful peace in his soul since he knew Jesus, but knew that he was sinner saved by grace. Everett and Ruth enjoyed camping at many blue grass music festivals throughout the years. He enjoyed watching home Middle School and High School wrestling meets so much that he received a "Friend of Chariton Charger Wrestling Award". In addition to attending meets, he enjoyed reading Bill Howes' good sports stories in the Chariton Newspaper. Everett was a patient and kind man. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was always so proud and supportive of his family. At age ninety, Everett wrote, "I really appreciate my good wife, my good family, and good friends. I really appreciate you who have come to my party or sent nice cards or other messages. Thank you." Everett passed away January 18, 2020 at the age of 94. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 66 years, Ruth; children: Everett Burton Beals Jr., Bob (Cheryl) Beals, Bill (Gilda) Beals, and Mary Elizabeth (Terry) Lenox; 13 grandchildren: Joshua, Justin, Jacob, McKenzie, Madison, Michael, Aimee, Robert Jr., Rowena, Sarah, Kim, Michelle, and Megan; 25 great grandchildren; a great great grandson; and his sister, Laura Ripperger; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Everett was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Edith Beals; siblings, Glen Beals and Doris Frazier; and son-in-law, Terry Phillips. Cemetery Details Chariton Cemetery HWY 14 and HWY 34
Chariton, IA 50049


JAN 23. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

[email protected]


JAN 24. 10:30 AM (CST)

First Baptist Church

205 S Grand St

Chariton, IA 50049

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