Everett L. McCauley, age 92, a former Connersville resident, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday evening, Sept. 24, 2011, at the home of his daughter, Ellen Harvey, in Greenfield, Ind. He was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Taylor Township, Howard County, Ind., one of three children of Clarence Everett and Birdie Ellen Albright.
On Sept. 28, 1940, he was united in marriage to Helen L. Dye of Kokomo, Ind. Everett received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1941 (where he was also involved with ROTC for two years), a pre-med degree from Berkley University in California in 1945 and also a Master’s degrees in industrial arts and school administration from Ball State University. During W. W.II, he served as a Navy Corpsman for nineteen months at Mare Island, CA. A teacher for thirty-nine and a half years, he taught agriculture and sciences at Cutler, Ind., for two and a half years before going into the navy and then another six months there after the war; then, for thirty-five of those years, he taught agriculture and sciences at Connersville High School and was also a critic teacher at Purdue University for ten years. He served as a 4-H Leader for many years and received the American Farmers Degree. Everett had twelve American Farmers under his teaching and two hundred eighty-six students received their Hoosier Farmer Degree under his direction. He was inducted into the Retired Teachers Hall of Fame for the Fayette County School System. Along with his wife, they had owned and operated the McCauley’s Paper Mill in Connersville for ten years before retiring from teaching. In 2005, they moved to the Greenfield area to be close to their daughter, Ellen Harvey. Everett was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenfield and also First Presbyterian Church of Connersville where one of his most honored duties was serving as a lay preacher in the Whitewater Presbytery; active in his community, he served on the Salvation Army Board in Connersville for thirty years, the Connersville City Council for eight years, the Fayette County Area Planning Board for six years, a charter member of the local AARP of Connersville and was also enjoyed memberships with the Kiwanis Club, Exchange Club, VFW, American Legion, NEA, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, York Rite Cross of Honor, sixty-six year member of the Free and Accepted Masons, thirty-third degree Scottish Rite, a member of the Brownsville Lodge F & AM and a sixty-six year member of the Warren Lodge Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Everett A.(Starla) McCauley of Miamisburg, OH; daughter, Ellen M. (Les) Harvey of Greenfield, Ind., sister, Betty L. (Ted) Vaile of Sun City West, AZ, eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; five nieces, two nephews and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of seventy years, Helen L. Dye McCauley, who died August 18, 2011, two sons, Edward L. McCauley and Jon R. McCauley, and a sister, Margaret L. McCauley.
Family and friends may call at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home in Connersville, Ind. from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, where Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Also visitation will occur at 10 a.m. until the time of the service.on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church, 116 W. South St., Greenfield, Ind. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor John J. Paulson, officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Galveston Cemetery, Galveston, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund of Greenfield.
Family and friends may also visit the funeral home website at millermosterrobbins.com to sign an online guest book and send condolences to the family.