Pella Chronicle


March 14, 2014

Dr. Everett Van De Voort

Pella — Dr. Everett Van De Voort, age 93, at rest Monday, March 3, 2014 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. Born Sept. 8, 1920 in Marion County, IA, the son of the late Gerrit and Cornelia Van De Voort. He is survived by his children: Jerry (Shelley) Van De Voort, Debi (Charles) Mink, David (Patricia) Van De Voort, Andy (Debra) Van De Voort, Nancy (Sam) Cryder and MGySgt Greg (LtCol Binnie) Van De Voort, his grandchildren: Cindy (Alex) Lopezalles, Nicolaas Mink, Gretel (Nick) Hansen, Casey Mink, Michael Van De Voort, Carissa (Jason) Filipiak, Heidi (C.J.) Daniel, Abby Van De Voort, Catherine Cryder, Pieter Cryder and Kristopher Van De Voort and his great-grandchildren Sierra, Alexis and Logan Lopezalles, Violet Filipiak and Levi Daniel, his sister Jennie (the late Earl) Van Zante, Greta (the late Frank) Westra, Hank (Martha) Van De Voort, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his wife Vera Eunice Van De Voort, whom he married in 1948 and his granddaughter Kyrstin Van De Voort.  Everett served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII, graduated from Pella High School, Class of 1938, in Pella, IA, graduated from Central College, Pella, IA, Class of 1943, received his masters degree from Drake University in 1951 and his Ed.D from Illinois State University in 1972. After graduating from Drake in 1951, he soon became the superintendent of several district in Iowa and Illinois. While working on his doctorate at Illinois State University, he served as the Superintendent in Dwight from 1963-1967.  After moving to Plainfield in 1970, he took a position as Dean of Arts and Sciences at JJC from 1970 to 1977.  From 1977-1987 he was Director of Community College Relations at NIU, during which time he also served on the Plainfield School Board. Everett was an active member of Plainfield United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for a number of years. Was a member of the Naperville VFW and the Plainfield American Legion. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening and wood working. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Joliet Jr. College Fine Arts

Memorial services were held, March 7, 2014 at Plainfield United Methodist Church, 15114 S. Illinois St., Plainfield, IL. Private interment at Plainfield Township was held at Cemetery in Plainfield, IL.

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