Gridley-Everett J. Gapen, 87, of Gridley passed away at 8:54 am on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Flanagan Rehab and Health Care Center in Flanagan, IL.
He was born on October 15, 1928 in Pontiac, IL a son of Everett Sr. and Margaret Tunning Gapen. He married Dolores Raber on April 25, 1952 in Meadows, IL. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Cindy Gapen of Gridley; Greg Gapen of St. Croix, Carribean; Randy Gapen of Colorado; Kent Gapen of Arizona; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
An Army veteran, Everett served during the Korean War from 1951-1953 and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He later joined the National Guard.
He worked for ConEd from 1948-1963 and then retired to start his own business, Gapen Electric. He enjoyed living in Arizona for over 40 years.
Cremation rites will be accorded and private family inurnment will be in Gridley Cemetery at a later date. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is assisting the family with their arrangements.
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