Everett B. Shearburn, Jr., 90, Kirkwood, Mo., died on July 11, 2014
Everett Brice Shearburn, Jr., 90, passed away in his home at Aberdeen Heights in Kirkwood, Mo. on July 11, 2014, of natural causes.
Everett, known as “Shearb” or “Ev” to close family and friends, was a veteran of WWII and a retired insurance executive in the St. Louis area.
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Our Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 17 Joy Ave., Webster Groves, Mo.
Everett donated his body to St. Louis University Medical School; he will be memorialized with full military honors at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, sharing a memorial marker with his spouse, Anita Shearburn.
Born in El Dorado, on Nov.28, 1923, he was the only child of Everett Brice Shearburn and Mary Ellen Fitzmaurice Shearburn. He attended El Dorado high school where he earned a state tennis championship title in doubles. He attended the University of Kansas and pledged the Kansas Alpha chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity prior to July 1943, when he was called to active duty in the US Navy. After graduating from Officer’s Training School, Ensign Shearburn joined the 7th Fleet Amphibious Force in the South Pacific. While serving as an amphibious beach party officer, his units assisted in securing beaches at Leyte Gulf, Morati, Hollandia and Balikpapan. His tour took him to Okinawa, Korea and China before being released from active duty in June of 1946. He was discharged from the US Naval Reserves in June 1961.
After the war, he completed his education at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Upon graduation in 1947, he joined the General American Life Insurance Company, where he worked for 43 years. Much of his career focused on expanding General American’s insurance agency business around the country, particularly in the Midwest and Southeast. For many years he also planned General American’s conferences and agency meetings.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Wegener Shearburn, whom he married in 1983.
He is survived by: his first wife, Dudley Jean (Dovel) Shearburn; his seven children, Everett Brice III (Shannon), James Pickering Dovel (Geneva), Thomas Fitzmaurice (Shawna), Mary Helen Holley, John Woodley (Annette), William Dudley (Julie), and Martha Ellen (Tania); and step-daughters, Jennifer Arendes (Paul) and Julie Herman (Richard). He was adored by his 15 grandchildren who knew him as “Papa Shearb.”
Everett delighted in playing and watching tennis and was a regular at the courts at Tower Grove Park. He was a member of the Missouri Athletic Club, where he participated in water aerobics classes and visited with friends. An avid Cardinals and Rams fan, he attended as many home games as he could. He was a parishioner at Our Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Webster Groves. His friends and family relished his wry sense of humor and mischievous smile. He delighted in spending time with his family and was a loyal friend to many throughout his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center at www.MDAnderson.org. Everett had been a supporter of pancreatic cancer research since Anita’s death.
Arrangements by Gerber Chapel, Webster Groves, Mo.