Mr. Everett P. Bumgardner
- December 15, 1922 - January 28, 2013
- San Diego, California
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Everett was born in Pawnee Township, Illinois on December 15, 1922 to Nora and William Bumgardner. He had 3 older brothers, Cecil, Hale and Donald.
During the Great Depression, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corp. building roads in Northern Wisconsin. In Illinois, Everett worked on a farm, was employed in a smelting plant where he loaded the furnaces, and worked for JP Seeburg & Company, manufacturing jukeboxes for diners and malt shops. He also learned carpentry and joined Local 16 of the Carpenters' Union in Springfield, Illinois.
In June, 1946 he wed the love of his life, Carmen Natalie Barnard. They lived in Springfield before moving to San Diego in 1951.
Everett worked in building construction most of his life. In the early 1960s, he and his partner, Bob Farmer, started their own business as general contractors. They specialized in installing windows in many of the housing tracts and skyscrapers in the San Diego area and beyond. Everett had no fear and would work at heights that would make most people dizzy just to think about.
Everett was known for enjoying the outdoors and loved camping, motorcycle riding, Jeeping, fishing, and deer hunting in Northern California and Idaho.
Everett finally retired for good in 1992. He became a voracious reader, sharing many books with his wife, Carmen. They enjoyed RVing, going to the movies and spending time with their four children and numerous grandchildren. He rounded out his retirement with volunteer work doing parking enforcement for the City of San Diego and doing 5 years of volunteer work with the California Highway Patrol.
After a brief illness, he passed away comfortably at home surrounded by his loved ones on January, 28, 2013.
He is survived by Carmen, his wife of 67 years, his son, Ed, 3 daughters, Dusty, Barbi, and Candy, 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for Everett will be held at Kehilat Ariel Synagogue in San Diego on Sunday, February 10, at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Jewish National Fund to plant trees in Israel.