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-Dale Everett-

Dale Everett, 79 of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008, at his home from COPD. Celebration of Life will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Evangelical Reformed Methodist Church in Conesville, with inurnment following the service.

Dale was born February 11, 1929, in Conesville, the son of Irvin and Callie Buser Everett. He married Barbara Fansler August 30, 1947, and they later divorced. He married Marlys Wilt on November 28, 1970, and they were later divorced. On July 21, 2001, he was united in marriage to Marge Bann. Dale owned and operated Dale’s Fruit Market in Cedar Rapids for over 30 years until his retirement. He was also a tomato broker for Arkansas Tomatoes. Dale was attracted to the business by “what he called the romance of it-the buying, selling, and trading.” Dale was known as ‘C.R. Watermelon and Tomato King’ and his market was a landmark on Center Point Road. One of Dale’s great loves was flying his airplanes. He started flying at the age of 15 and got his license at 16.

Dale is survived by his wife, Marge; sons, Cameron Everett of Phoenix, Arizona, Steve (Connie) Wright of Centerville, John (Carla) Green; a stepson, Ian Bann and stepdaughter, Katy (Richard Stewart) Bann, all of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers, Leslie (Lois) Everett of Winfield and Fred (Linda) Everett of Conesville; and his faithful companions, Hannah and Sadie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ed Everett, a sister, Helen Everett Gartzke, and sons, William, Michael, Chad and Allen Everett.

Memorials may be directed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.

Dale was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed by all.

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