Everett B. Vanover, 91, died September 6.
Born in Jenkins, he was a son of the late Randolph and Cinda Short Vanover.
Mr. Vanover played baseball for the Bud Blizzard traveling team in eastern Kentucky and western Virginia as a teenager before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the mid 1940’s. He received his discharge a year later when it was found out he was underage. He reenlisted in 1947 at Langley Air Field, Virginia, with the Air/Sea Rescue when it had all enlisted pilots.
He met and married Estelle Mullins in 1947, and remained married for 60 years. They had eight children.
Mr. Vanover was assigned to Lockland Field, Texas, as a printer. When the Korean War started in June 1950, he was one of the first airmen assigned to Sampson Air Base in New York. He was the first airman to report to Sampson as noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC)) of the base print shop. After four years he was assigned to Parks Air Base California as NCOIC of printing. A year later he was assigned to HQ MATS PACD at Hickam Air Base, Hawaii.
Mr. Vanover moved back to Parks Air Base, California, with MATS HQ WESTAF then moved to Travis Air Force Base, California, with the 22nd Air Force as NCOIC of printing for the next 11 years, where he was NCOIC of all printing in the western United States and the Far East.
He was assigned to the HQ at Lindsey Air Station in Germany for three years as NCOIC of all offset printing in Europe. In 1971 he was assigned to the Pentagon Message Center as NCOIC of printing. All messages from all over the world came in to him.
Mr. Vanover retired in December 1972 after 27 years in the military. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans of Suisun, California.
He moved to Fairfield, California, to the same job he worked part-time in the 1950’ and 1960’s with Syar Industries as its sole printer. He worked for Syar for over 40 years all together.
Mr. Vanover played Senior Softball with the Suisun Valley Golden Seniors Slow Pitch Softball league for 30 years. He managed the Syar Industries team playing all over northern California.
Mr. Vanover enjoyed writing stories about his life and was a contributing writer to The Mountain Eagle, a newspaper in his hometown in Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle Mullins Vanover, and his daughter, Karen Vanover.
Surviving are his children Donna Alderete and husband Richard, Bruce Vanover and wife Misty, Jeff Vanover, Pat Garcia and husband Leo, Ken Vanover and wife Jeanine, Randy Vanover and wife Francine, and Tammy Kirchubel and husband Gary; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at Fairfield Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, and immediately following will be military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans.