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“Growing up at Greenwood Presbyterian with Dean and our other friends was really wonderful. Mr. Everett was always so kind and giving. He was a...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Alicia Lovejoy Thomas - MD

“Hey Dad - What joke has Uncle Dick told you? We four sibs worked great together these past several days to give you a grand send-off. Niece...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Dean Everett - Chicago, IL - son

“Mr. Everett was the best principal I ever had. He always had a smile for all of us. One day he called me to the office and asked me to wait a few...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara (Osborne) Peters - IN

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Bruno - Indianapolis, IN

“I was so sorry to hear about your father. He was a great guy and super role model for all fathers that I knew growing up. God Bless all of you. You...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: John Price - Indianapolis, IN

“I was a student at school 89 in the 80's from 2-6 grade. My twin sisters also attended.. Mr.Everett was a great principal, i can still see him...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Chasity, Sonya, Tonya Wiggins - IN

“With fondness, I recall how Evelyn and Herb took me in during the summer before my senior year in high school. I was having many difficulties at...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Alice Young - Franklin, IN

“Love you Grandpa! Some of my best memories of you are giving Oliver the nickname OK, wearing your glasses upside down, and singing right in the car...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Victoria Dumpert - Muncie, IN

“Mr. Everett 's son Dean was our Star papter carrier for several years, we still keep in touch with Dean, He is a great man. Taught well by his...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Ray and Eleanor Pottschmidt

“I knew Herb by name through connections as a school administrator. I got to know him personally after moving to Greenwood Village South. We were in...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Ray Alexander - Greenwood, IN

“Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. Please let us know if we can be of service. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Vincennes University Alumni and Foundation Staff - IN

“I had the priveledge of working as music teacher under Mr. Everett at school 89. He was an amazing professional. He was everywhere at once. He...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Williams - Indianapolis, IN


Herb Everett, 82, of Greenwood, Indiana, died on January 4, 2013. Parents William and Estelle (Cook) Everett welcomed him into this world on October 17, 1930. He joined an extended family that included his brownie-baking sister, Marge (Boyden) and his prankster brother, Dick.

Herb was born and raised near Fritchton, Indiana. He spent his youth hypnotizing sweat bees in orchards, playing baseball in cow pastures, and getting into mischief with his older brother, Dick. It was always Dick's fault when chores were unfinished, because Herb was an angel, of course.

While attending Vincennes University and Indiana State University, Herb learned three very important lessons. One, life is always better with a song, especially "October Days." Two, potato salad is the best food in the world. And three, if a beautiful young co-ed finds out your brother already has a sweetheart named Katie, she may set her eyes on you instead.

Even angels need a few tweaks, and public displays of affection were difficult for Herb. Evelyn (Arnold) refused to marry him unless he agreed to kiss her at the altar. Thankfully, the story had a happy ending, as Peggy (Emard), Mark, Karen (Korn), and Dean can attest. Even a flat tire didn't fade the happy memories of their wedding day, and they still laughed about it 60 years later.

Shortly after their marriage, Herb was drafted by the United States Army, and he served during the Korean Conflict. After his return to the states he graduated from Butler University with a Master in Science Education degree. Herb was a principal in the Indianapolis Public School system for many years, and he held a special place in his heart for School 72 (Emma Donnan) and School 89 (Kenneth Walker).

Herb collected tickets at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for over 30 years, and although he always told his children to keep their heads down, they enjoyed peeking out the windows of the car before dropping him off at Gate #9A the night before the race. Herb was a master player of many road games, including Alphabets, Do You See What I See?, and cherry pit spitting. It took his children several years to realize he'd memorized the order of gasoline stations between Spencer and Vincennes, Indiana.

Many folks thought Herb was quiet and shy, and sometimes he was. Yet he enjoyed pranking people, especially children. No trip to the US Treasury in our nation's capital was complete unless he placed pennies on the window ledges so that groups of schoolchildren could find them. He also enjoyed his work at the Indiana State Fair, where his favorite job was hollering and waving to students and teachers from the back of a garbage truck.

After retirement, Herb was a customer favorite at Kmart because he made change from his pants pocket if the cashier drawer was out of coins. He thought it saved time for customers if they didn't have to wait for a manager. And another cashier thought that if Herb could do it, so could she.

He was a longtime member of Greenwood Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon. Herb also played slow pitch until his 60s, when he focused on HORSE instead. His favorite shot was to pet the snarling dog with one hand while tossing the ball through the trees into the basket. Visitors usually accepted a letter and declined this shot.

Public displays of affection were readily accepted by Herb as soon as grandchildren Nathaniel Everett, Victoria (Dumpert), Alex Everett, and Deanna Korn joined the family. He was grateful that "the outlaws" Karen (Batt) and Keith Korn agreed to join the family, and welcomed the new generation of outlaws, Brian Dumpert and Megan Everett. Herb enjoyed teaching his grandsons how to play Cowboys and Indians (pretend you have to walk quietly through a forest) and showing his granddaughters how to play board games. Herb enjoyed the antics of great-grandson Oliver Kornelius ("OK") Dumpert.

Herb and Evelyn moved to Greenwood Village South after retirement, and they enjoyed travel, volunteer projects, and visits with family and friends. Herb enjoyed his special activities, however, and once staged a "fight" in the dining room during their busiest time of the day. April Fool! Easter eggs magically appeared on the bushes, pickles were seen at the bottom of bowls of cottage cheese, and flamingos graced the grounds of GVS.

Eventually Herb's health started to fail, but he took great pleasure in going through as many doctors as possible until he found one who agreed with Dr. Herb Everett's opinion. He enjoyed disabling emergency alarms, and he was sometimes successful in convincing nurses or aides that he was a visitor, not a patient.

When Herb died on January 4, 2013, he had just completed a wonderful day with family and friends. He was watching sports on two televisions with a friend when he went very quickly from this world. And in the next, he was no doubt welcomed by a choir of angels, friends, and family – especially brother Dick, who probably greeted him with a warm hug, a smile, and a great joke.

Please leave comments here about your memories of Herb the teacher, the principal, the uncle, the colleague, the neighbor – just Herb.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Presbyterian Church of Greenwood Indiana.

Visitation will be at Wilson St.Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main Street, Greenwood on Wednesday, January 9, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. The funeral will be on Thursday, January 10, at Greenwood Presbyterian Church, 102 East Main Street, Greenwood, with calling at 9 am and services at 10 am. The Reverend Cheryl Montgomery will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

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