September 27, 1911 - July 17, 2004
Sept. 27, 1911 — July 17, 2004
Gilbert Everly of Longmont passed away Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Longmont United Hospital. He had a malignant brain tumor. He was 92.
He was born Sept. 27, 1911, in Fulton County, Ill., to Arch B. and Elizabeth M. (Dunham) Everly. Gil attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., where he played football and met the love of his life, Geraldine E. Mays, whom he married on Dec. 30, 1934, in Kiowa, Kan.
Mr. Everly had a long career as a teacher and coach, beginning in Astoria, Ill., where he coached and taught math. He moved to Estes Park in 1937, where he taught and coached all sports at Estes Park High School.
In 1948, he came to Longmont and Longmont High School. He taught chemistry and coached for 25 years, 23 years as the head football coach. He retired in 1973. During these years, Coach Everly consistently challenged for and won many Northern Conference titles and won back-to-back state titles in 1954 and 1955.
He has been honored for his contributions by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, former University of Colorado Coach Bill McCartney, and the St. Vrain Valley School District with the inclusion of his name on the district football stadium, Everly-Montgomery Field.
Gil was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, where he was very active. He served as an Elder, on committees and taught various Sunday school classes for many years. He loved his church and enjoyed studying the Bible.He was a former member of the Longmont Lions Club.
Following his retirement, he and Geraldine enjoyed fishing, traveling and genealogy. He loved to visit with former students and coaches. His family remembers him as a loving father. Gil especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He felt his family was a blessing from God.
His wife preceded him in death on Jan. 17, 1994. Gil is survived by a son, John Walter Everly and his wife, Esther, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Mary Ann Ryan and her husband, Pat, of Parker; four grandchildren, David Everly, Jane Everly, Mike Ryan and his wife, Lee Ann, and Kathy Kurz and her husband, David; five great-grandchildren, Ben, Peter and Jonathon Kurz, and Lindsey and Danielle Ryan.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, with family present to greet friends. Private burial at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery will precede the memorial service.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at LifeBridge Christian Church, with the Rev. Glenn Perica, the Rev. Pete Seiferth and the Rev. Marilyn Creel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.