Everet A. Rombough, age 77, of Virgil, S.D., went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. He battled cancer for six years and died peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife, son, and four daughters.
His funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Riverview United Methodist Church, Huron, with the Rev. Dean Trapp, officiating. Burial was in the Black Hills National Cemetery Monday, Oct. 28. Memorials to be directed to the Huron Cluster Walk to Emmaus. Arrangements are under the direction of Kuhler Funeral Home. Visit www.kuhlerfuneralhome.com.
Everet was born to Bernard Nelson Rombough and Lucy (Stobbs) Rombough on the family farm in Hulbert Township, Hand County, May 9, 1936. He was the youngest of nine children. He attended the Rombough School, a one-room schoolhouse, through the third grade. The family moved to Miller, S.D., in 1944, and he graduated from Miller High School in 1954.
Upon his high school graduation, Everet enlisted in the United States Navy and retired as a Master Chief Electrician Mate (EMCM) on November 1, 1986 after 30 years of active duty service. His duty assignments were as follows: RTC San Diego, California (basic training), USS Engage (MSO-433), USS Princeton (LPH-5), SSC Great Lakes, USS Dale (DLG-19), USN & MC RTC, Treasure Island, USS Askari (ARL-30) in The Republic of Vietnam, USS Pt. Defiance (LSD-31), SSC San Diego, SSC Great Lakes, USS Okinawa (LPH-3), USS Mobile (LKA-115), SSC Great Lakes, and NAVSTA San Diego.
On April 2, 1955, Everet married the love of his life, Mavis Kuestermeyer, in Downey, Calif. Their more than 58 years of marriage blessed them with five children, 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Everet was a member of the Virgil United Methodist Church, Walk to Emmaus Ministry, and the Virgil American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and five of his siblings, Bernita Belle Niederauer, Margaret Elaine Littlefield, Florence Edra Hathaway, Carol Fern Peck and Donald Nelson Rombough.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Mavis of Virgil; five children, Cynthia K. DeLooze of Huron, Rocal R. and Dan Lanotte of Colorado Springs, Colo., Christine G. and Jan Williams of Neenah, Wis., Leo Rance and Leslie Rombough of Appleton, Wis., and Sabrena L. and Kelly Dixon of Sacramento, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marion Borah and Georgia Soper, both of Miller; and one brother, Ron Rombough of Hill City.
All who knew Everet recognized that he was a special man. His family, especially, will miss him deeply, but they celebrate the memory of his life as one with quiet integrity, a deep and loyal unconditional love for his family and others, and a strong trust in the goodness and faithfulness of his God and Savior. He will be remembered as a man who lived and walked in a manner pleasing to his Lord. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
Everet A. Rombough 1936-2013