Everett Lewis Christian, age 83, of Kendallville, died Monday, March 1, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Everett was born in Bartley, West Virginia on March 30, 1937 to the late Mastin Henry Christian and Oma Jane (McIntosh) Christian. He graduated from Big Creek High School in West Virginia in 1955. He married Ellie Anglin on September 6, 1958 in Lebanon, Virginia and she preceded him in death in 2005.
Everett and Ellie raised one daughter, Donna, three sons, Allen, Dave, and Tim. Everett retired from Fort Wayne Foundry after 27 years and had also worked for Starcraft and Lanes Foundry. His passions were around his family, carpentry, visiting with his neighbors, and gardening. Over the decades, Everett renovated the family home in Lisbon, Indiana, many times. In 1992, he constructed a big, beautiful barn with his son Dave, behind the house. The gardens he and Ellie grew in the backyard had a full harvest year in and out. Summertime meals were never without something handpicked that day from the garden. He loved animals and especially his pets: Jim, Chocka, Toby, Breezy, and Frankie.
Everett was a proud great grandpa and grandpa, and he loved spending his time with his grandchildren, never forgetting to let them know how much he loved them. And, when it was warm outside, you would find Everett riding his Gator with his dog Frankie at his side or attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
He was always quick to find the good in people and would love to just sit and talk in the carport with anyone who visited, especially his good friends Ken and Colson. There was never a stranger to Everett and Ellie’s home. He really enjoyed telling stories about his family and about his upbringing in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, often with pride and sometimes a laugh or two. To best sum up Everett, he lived his life modeling what a great, loving husband and dad could be to his family – with kindness, humility, and love.
Daughter, Donna Christian of Kendallville.
Son, Dave and Regina Christian of Kendallville.
Son, Tim and Sara Christian of Shorewood, Wisconsin.
Daughter-in-law, Patti Christian Lash of Kendallville.
10 grandchildren: Cole Christian, Brett Christian, Kaeli Christian, and Luke Christian all of Kendallville; Ashley and Dustin Gourley of Fort Wayne; Shana and Jacob Reents of Grapevine, Texas; Phillip and Heather Perlich, II of Kendallville; Dallas and Kayla Perlich of Kendallville; Hanna Christian and Ellie Christian of Shorewood, Wisconsin.
10 great grandchildren.
Sister, Nancy White of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Brother, Robert Christian of Charlette, North Carolina.
Brother, Tom Christian of LaGrange.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ellie; oldest son, Everett Allen Christian in 2009; sisters, Pauline “Toot” Frazier, Amy Tedesco and Florence Laxton; brothers, Ellis Christian, Larry Christian, and Dave Christian.
Visitation will be held Monday, March 8, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Harbor of Love Baptist Church, Kendallville.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Harbor of Love Baptist Church with Pastor Charlie Mosley officiating. There will be an hour of visitation prior to the service.
Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery.