Joseph R. Everly, 76, Crestline, died at his home Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
Joe was born in Galion on Jan. 3, 1938 to the late Gerald and Evelyn (Hartman) Everly. He married Nancy Ann Best on Oct. 26, 1987 and she survives him.
Joe lived his whole life in the Galion area and was a graduate of Galion High School, Class of 1956. He earned a Chemical Engineering degree from Kenyon College. He began his work life at Dow Chemical in Cleveland. He worked as a Correctional Officer at the Ohio State Reformatory and retired as a Correctional Officer at the Marion Correctional Institution in 2010. Joe took pride in being both fair and just in his position.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Joe served his country as a medic during peace time. Joe sang in the Galion Community Chorus’ performance of Handel’s “Messiah” for over 40 years. He was the owner of J & M Trading Post Antiques at Leesville since 1971. He loved antiques and was a master at repairing antique furniture for local residents. Joe was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous since September,1985.
He was a local historian and belonged to the Ohio Historical Society, both the Crestline and Galion Historical Societies and the Lincoln Highway Association.
Survived by his son Zachary Everly, East Sound, WA, his daughter Sarah Everly, Youngstown, his step-son Chad Christopher Bucklew, Crestline, his three brothers Thomas J. Everly, Daniel B. and Patricia Everly, Galion and David L. and Ann Everly, Johnson City, TN.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers Michael L. Everly and Mark G. Everly.
Joe’s life will be remembered with a memorial service at a later date.
The Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, 303 Portland Way North, Galion is honored to assist the family of Joseph R. Everly.
Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice or Lowe Volk Park in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com.