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-Everett Gary Stapp-

Everett Gary Stapp, 84, of Altoona, Iowa passed away Monday evening, July 9, 2012 at the Trinity Center Luther Park in Des Moines after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s.  Everett was born February 17, 1928 in Cotter, Iowa, to Everett Garry and Josephine Beatrice Griffith Stapp.  He was the second of 13 children.   Everett married Jeanette Pine on August 7, 1949 in Muscatine. He graduated from Cotter High School, acquired certification as a Senior Engineering Technician, and served in the US Navy during WW II.  Everett was a member of the board of trustees of the First United Methodist Church in Chariton and the Chariton Planning and Zoning Committee.  

Everett was employed as a Supervisor Inspector for the Iowa State Department of Transportation on new construction for over 40 years. He moved his family to Chariton in 1961 to supervise the construction of the mile long bridge project at Red Rock. He received a Merritt Award as Field Supervisor from the Iowa State Highway Commission in 1970 for the Best Interstate-Primary Project completed in the state.

He was a 50-year Mason, 32nd degree with the Davenport Consistory and a member of the KAABA Shrine in Davenport and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Chariton.

Everett will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor.  His passions were the Cubs, fishing with his brothers, and golf. Everett surveyed the land for the Cedarcrest Golf Course in Columbus Junction.  While living in Chariton, he served as President for the board of directors at the Lakeview Golf and Country Club. During his golfing career he won multiple championships at both courses. 

In 2000, Everett and Jeanette moved to Altoona to be closer to their family.  He is survived by Jeanette his wife of 63 years; two daughters, Janean (Corwin) Stuart of Brooklyn and Amy Stapp-Arpy (Brian) Arpy of Altoona; two sons, Randy (Barbara) Stapp of Norwalk and Gary (Tammy) Stapp of Altoona; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Joan (Bob) Matthews of Wapello, Barbara (Joe) Harbison of California, Judy Ross of Florida, and Linda (Denny) Underwood of Moravia; and two brothers, Sam  (Karen) Stapp and Larry (Peggy) Stapp both of Wapello.  He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mamie Spears, Darlene Johnson, and Janet Culbertson; and three brothers, Bob, Mick, and Kirk.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 1 PM in the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello. The funeral service followed at 2 PM with burial at the Columbus City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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