Everett James SMILEY
February 4, 1924 – August 26, 2018
Everett J. Smiley, 94, of Kokomo went home to the Lord on August 26, 2018. Mr. Smiley was born on February 4, 1924 in Rochester, IN to Glen and Edith (Haimbaugh) Smiley. He was a B17 pilot for the United States Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. In September of 1947, he married Katherine M. Glasgow at the Chapel on the University of Illinois campus. Mr. Smiley earned his master's degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois, and worked for the Farmers Home Administration until his retirement. After his retirement, Everett and Katherine spent their summers on the farm in Kokomo and winters in Bonita Springs, FL.
Mr. Smiley is survived by his children: Charles Smiley, Kathy Clase and Jan Myers; brother, Curtis Smiley; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren. Mr. Smiley was preceded in death by his parents; wife and son, Alan.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on September 8, 2018 at the Fairfield Christian Church in Oakford, IN. Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences and fond memory can be shared with the family at sunsetmemorygarden.com.
Everett James SMILEY
September 2, 2018
Everett's father Glen and my father Russell were brothers.
I had just talked to Everett a several weeks ago to advise him that the Smiley Reunion usually held in August at the Rochester City Park wasn't happening this year. We planned then to have our usual breakfast meeting at the Skillet in Bonita Springs in January, which we had enjoyed doing as for several years my sister Barbara and I would spend two weeks at Ft. Myers Beach. After breakfast Everett and I usually covered the entire local flea market. I am saddened to hear of his death.
August 31, 2018
Kathy, Ron, Ryan and Deidre, my heartfelt sorrow, sadness and love go out to you and your family. Everett was my dear friend , following Katherine’s death I tried to learn to dance as they did, it did not work. Our coffees and disagreements over politics , did not take from our memories of similar childhoods, his stories of WWII and my big crazy family stories kept us from being lonely . I already miss him as so many of his friends here in LTP .