Everett J. Symons

HANCOCK – Everett J. Symons, 90, of Hancock, died at Portage Health in Hancock on Sunday morning, June 9, 2013.

He was born on Quincy Hill on October 9, 1922, a son of the late Samuel and Lillie (Heather) Symons. After attending local schools, he graduated from Hancock High School in 1940.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater for two years.

Everett worked for several employers including Quincy Mining Company in their machine shop, Chrysler Corp. in the Detroit area, at the Houghton County Road Commission, Atlas Powder in Senter Location and as a machine shop foreman at the Copper Range Shops in Painesdale until it closed. He later worked for the City of Hancock at their beach and park and later retired from the Hancock school system as a custodian and bus driver.

On August 7, 1948, he married Elizabeth “Bette” Reynolds. She preceded him in death in 1993.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hancock and its’ mens group, Bay Post 6028 VFW in Dollar Bay where he served as the commander, the Keweenaw Kernewek Cornish Connection of the Copper Country and was a former member of the Quincy-Franklin Fire Department.

He was an accordion player and an avid bowler, bowling on the Superior Block Company team for many tears. He enjoyed deer, rabbit and bird hunting and gardening. He was an avid Detroit Tigers and Red Wings fan. He also liked dogs.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Glen, Sam, Bill and Reginald; an infant daughter, Sherylyn; a grandson, David Michael Symons.

He is survived by a daughter, Glenna (Don) Brinkman of Boston Location; a son, James (Kathleen) Symons of St. Clair; six grandchildren, Gerald, Elizabeth, Jason, Kelly, Jamie and Daniel; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Symons, Ruth Reynolds and Bon Burford; a brother-in-law, David (Sue) Reynolds; numerous nieces and nephews; his cat, Barron.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the First United Methodist church with Rev. Amy Terhune officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton where the Copper Country Veteran’s Association will provide proper military honors.

Friends may call for an hour prior to the funeral in the church on Wednesday.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 401 Quincy St., Hancock, MI 49930.

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is in charge of arrangements.