Everett Evirs Plant
Ev Plant Merchant Marines US Navy   

Everett Evirs Plant, age 82, died in Danville, IL on May 22, 2012, National Maritime Day.  Born July 9, 1929 in Randsburg, CA to Everett Dunbar and Rosetta Evirs Plant.  Ev and his older brother William (Bill) Franklin and younger sister Marjorie (Marjy) Amy, attended elementary schools in Bishop, CA, Miami, FL, and Manchester, NH.  Following the death of his mother in Bishop in 1936 he and his sister devoted much of their time raising funds and awareness for Disabled American Veterans.

Following America’s involvement in World War II his brother, Bill, joined the Marine Corps and Ev, at age of 16, joined the Merchant Marines, serving aboard ships transporting troops and munitions in Atlantic and Middle East campaigns .  At age 18 he transferred to serve in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged on Oct. 25, 1947 at the rank of Seaman 1st Class. 

On June 9, 1949 he married Theresa Marie Boisvert in Manchester, NH.  Ev was a plant engineer for major Dept. of Defense contracting agencies throughout the U.S.  Children Kenneth William, Patricia Lynn, Marjorie Claire, Audrey Theresa, Janice Cecile, and Steven Clinton were born to Ev and Terry from homes in New Hampshire, Connecticut, California and Florida until their divorce on Aug. 25, 1975.  His passions included model building, family summer vacations, outdoor movies each Friday night, rain or shine, and planning corporate picnics.  Ev remarried Joyce Arlene Beightler, of Danville, IL, on Aug. 20, 1999.  Joyce was at his side at time of death in their retirement home in Danville.

A service is planned by the Plant family in conjunction with their centennial reunion at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH and Bath, ME, where the family’s French-Canadian heritage began. Full military honors will be rendered for Everett E., along with his father Everett D., WWI Navy veteran, brother William F., USMC WWII veteran, and his great-grandfather, Anthony Plant(e), Maine Civil War veteran, in Lakeview Cemetery, Wolfeboro, NH, and Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath, ME in May 2014, which begins the  “Season of Remembrance” .

Memorial donations can be made to in honor of his grandfather, William Franklin Plant., and great uncle, Thomas Gustave Plant’s vision to “sustain the quality of assisted living for Maine’s elderly.”

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