BLOOMINGTON — Everett L. Schreiber, 93, Bloomington, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (March 10, 2010) at Heartland Health Care/Manor Care of Normal.
His funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Thomas Wirsing officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building fund. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
Everett was born Jan. 22, 1917, at Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Howard A. and Daisy Lillian Perkins Schreiber. He married Marie J. Bartleson on May 15, 1936, at Forest City, Iowa. She passed away May 30, 1969.
He is survived by his aunt, Blanch Sluik, Birtt, Iowa; dear friends, Mike and Lynda Schilkofski and Junior and Phyllis Grant, all of Bloomington; niece-in-law, Barb Schreiber, and her children, Sean and Michelle Schrieber.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; two sisters, Mildred and Mable; and three brothers, Bud, Chancy and Carrol.
At the age of 10, he went to live with his grandfather, Dell Perkins, and at 17 went to work in the Civil Service Camp in Arkansas. After he married Marie, they moved to Bloomington when Everett was 20. He worked in various auto junk yards for his Uncle Perkins, Ray Salsman and Corn Belt Auto, which was owned by his brother, Carrol. He then started driving for H.J. Jeffries Trucking Co., based out of Oklahoma, driving all the way from Old Mexico into Canada. Then he went to work for the Illinois Department of Transportation which he retired from at the age of 77.
He belonged to the McLean County Antique Auto Club and Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was on the board of elders, assistant treasurer and a volunteer church worker. Everett loved traveling as a hobby. Everett had many, many friends and never forgot anything.
He was very proud of the accomplishment when driving for H. J. Jeffries Trucking Co. that he had driven over 1 million miles without an accident or scratching any paint on his truck. At the age of 8, he ran his grandfather’s car into the barn in Iowa and owned his own car at age 10.
He enjoyed working and going to the senior citizens meals at the Miller Park Pavilion. He enjoyed showing off his 1949 Willy’s Jeep at local auto shows.
We know there will be a special place in heaven that his close friends and the people he worked with will know as “the old yard.”
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.kiblersmith.com.