Everett Fornecker was an aircraft mechanic in the Pacific during World War II


Everett Raymond Fornecker, 98, of Roscoe, Illinois, graduated from Beloit High School in 1942. Months later, Everett enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November 1942 and served as an aircraft mechanic in the Pacific until being honorably discharged in February 1946. In 1943, he married Stephanie Barciak. On December 24, 1971, Everett married the former Demeise "Deme" Butcher in Boulder, Colorado.

Everett passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in South Beloit, Illinois.

Everett was born on June 14, 1924, in Janesville, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Susan (Schindler) Fornecker. He was employed as a machinist and throughout his long career, he enjoyed working at Rocky Flats, the U.S. Navy Repair Depot and Metallic Bonds, among others. He was a lifelong member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Beloit. Everett enjoyed fishing, bowling, his trips to the casino and spending time with his granddaughters, Kacy Lawver and Kylie Lawver.

Everett is survived by his children, Mary (Wilfred) Salz of Thornton, Colorado, Valerie (Bruce) Hoagland of Gunnison, Colorado, Randall (Barbara) Fornecker of Estill Springs, Tennessee, Patricia (Ralph) Rhodaback of Midway, Georgia, Lynn (James) Hughes of Palm Coast, Florida and Holly (Matt) Lawver of Roscoe, Illinois, 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Demiese; sister, Regina Fornecker; and former wife, Stephanie (Barciak) Fornecker.

The family would like to thank Beloit Regional Hospice and Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in South Beloit, Illinois for their compassionate care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 737 Hackett Street, Beloit, with Reverend Fr. John Hedrick officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to Mass. Committal at Calvary Cemetery in Beloit will follow the mass. Hansen-Gravitt Funeral Home of Beloit is honored to be assisting the family. Online condolences can be shared on their website.

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