Everett Leonard Schermerhorn, 92, passed away on April 9th, 2019, at Shorewood Senior Campus, Rochester, MN.
Everett was born on June 22nd, 1926 in Marion Township, MN to George and Eula (Bradley) Schermerhorn.
Everett (Ev) graduated from Rochester high school in 1944 and served in the Army Air Force. He started his career in flying during that time and became a Captain Instructor for two years. After his military service, He met the love of his life, Lois. The couple became united in marriage on the 27th of June 1947. In the early 1950's Ev worked for the US post office for five years until he started his career, at IBM, as an Advisory Engineer. Ev worked at IBM for thirty-two years until retirement in 1987. His hobbies included airplanes, playing the piano, motorcycles, boating, computers and building R/C aircraft. Anyone who knew him personally would know that Ev was most proud of his flying experience.
He is survived by his children, Lana (Dick) Schulz of Rochester, MN, Steven (Cecelia) Schermerhorn of Rochester, MN, Sandra (David) Senst of Rochester, MN and Scott (Jennifer) Schermerhorn of Eau Claire, WI; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren and one sister, Persis Benson of Rochester, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois, and two brothers.
A time to celebrate Everett's life will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. Burial will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
To leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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My sympathy to all Everett's family. He and Lois were long time special friends. I miss them!
My sympathy in the loss of your dad. Both your parents were such special folks. Glad you lived across our backyard in Elton Hills. Savor those years with little children. God bless all
If you. Enjoy those special memories. Love, Phyllus House
Once a month, a group of pilots would get together for a meal and some stories (some of the stories were even true!). I would often arrive early; so would Ev. His history, in aviation, far exceeded mine, and he would tell me tales of when he built a Wittman Tailwind (airplane), with a modified airfoil, and flew it. He told me some of his tales of flying a B-25. He talked about buying and selling airplanes. It was a joy for this pilot to have conversation with him. He will be missed by many of his fellow QBs. A great aviator has left the sky.
He was larger than life ! Loved him so much ! I will always remember the time he came to Texas and I met him for lunch !! We had a great time ! Talk of the town ! We laughed so hard ! Sandy I am So happy I got to see him this summer . Love you all! Sending prayers and hugs to you and you family at this difficult time .
My favorite memory is when Don and I brought my daughter to visit in 1990, your dad answered the door and took one look at Jennifer. He said you haven't changed in all these years. Your mom had to tell him it wasn't me.
"Burro"--Ev--from your fellow QB aviation members!
It's traditional that when an old-time aviator dies, it is said he has "Gone West"--not died. The term originated in the Barnstormer days of the 1920s. I has several meanings--that the pilot hadn't died--he simply wasn't around any more. Since pilots were itinerant--hopping paying passenger rides from town to town--it may mean that he has "Gone West" to a place where the business was better. Given that he was a Minnesota resident, it may also mean that he has "Gone West" into the setting sun--to a place where it is warm and sunny--especially important in the open-cockpit airplanes of the time. In any case, the pilot isn't forgotten--we toast the memory of our friends "Gone West" every month.
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