Everett R. Straw

Everett R. Straw


Everett R. Straw, 92, of Maryville, Missouri passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Parkdale Manor in Maryville.

Everett was born on April 7, 1927 in Garden Prairie, Illinois to James I. and Minnie V. (Jackson) Straw. He lived in LaPorte, Colorado the major part of his life after leaving Illinois in the early 1950’s. 

He could be called a Jack of all Trades and Master of Many. He was never afraid to tackle a job where he had no previous training and always found a way to do a job where no (or little) instruction was given. He learned many trades at a hardware store in Rockford, Illinois. After moving to Colorado, he was the sole owner of LaPorte Truck Repair in LaPorte for many years. He loved cars and could repair almost anything with four wheels. He was a Glazier and restored some of the old cars he loved so much. He was a fire fighter and became Chief of the LaPorte Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He was a Deputy Sheriff for five years. Of all of Everett’s talents, he was more “pleased” to have been born a farmer and was well taught by his father and grandfather.

Everett loved rock hunting, fishing, deer, elk hunting, silversmithing and gardening. He fashioned bolos for ties, rings and various jewelry. He was very fond of turquoise as well.

He married Marion Wright in 1948. To this union four children were born, Mary Ellen Smith, Charles Everett Straw-Baggett, (deceased), Evelyn Viola (Lohn) Webster and James Wright (Linda) Straw-Baggett; five grandchildren, Sara (Verstynen) Watkins, Maribeth (Verstynen) Harris, Nicole Mary Pitterle, Shawn Lohn Webster and Amanda Ferral and several great-grandchildren, Lucy Maryana Watkins, Benjamin Girard Watkins, Malia Rae Anne Harris, Trenell Romaine “Bear” Harris, Jr. and Trenell Romaine “JJ” Harris, Jr., Brayden Kevin Pitterle, Landen Lohn Pitterle, Jordan Nicolas Pitterle, Lohn Michael Webster and Taylor Marie Ferral.

Everett later married Sara Hawes Hunter on September 26, 1992 in Poudre Canyon Chapel, Colorado. She preceded him in death on December 4, 2018. To this union he had two step-sons, Dan and Barney Hunter. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on September 26, 1995. He was an active Home Teacher, Boy Scout Leader and Elders Quorum Counselor/President. He and Sara worked in the Genealogy Department in LaPorte and later became the joint leaders of the Maryville Genealogy Department.   

Services 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville. Burial Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com.