MAKANDA — Everett Lee Escue, 85, died June 10, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family at his side.Everett was born to Cleo and Elsie (Cox) Escue on April 23, 1933, in Makanda, Illinois. Everett was a member of the 318 Local for over 59 years and the National Rifle Association. He worked construction for his entire career, with the last 25 years with his two sons. He attended Cowboy Church in Goreville, Illinois. Everett loved fishing, and was an avid beachcomber at Grassy Lake, and taking care of his horses.
Everett is survived by Barbara Ann, his beloved wife of 65 years; brother Paul Escue of Makanda, Illinois; and six children. His children: Sharalyn and Joe Slivinski, North Plains Oregon; Ernie and Vicki Escue, of Makanda, Illinois; Kathy Escue and partner Sally Niemeyer, Benton, Illinois; Debbie and Chuck Richardson, Allen, Texas; Tina and Gary Eckert, Vincennes, Indiana; and Lonnie and Jill Escue, of Makanda, Illinois. Everett also had 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Everett was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Genevieve Yancey; and two grandchildren, J. T. Gideon and Ernie Lee Escue Jr.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation or to the charity of the donor’s choice.Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Gentry Cemetery with Jason Forby officiating.Huffman Harker Walker Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.