I’ve written in the past that one of the things I like most about my job is that although there is considerable structure to my work day and a long list of things which must be done each day in order to meet the obligations I have on Fun 107.1 and our other Childers Media Group stations, each day is different with it’s own set of surprises.
My work day on Wednesday February 8th started with a considerable shock when the first email I opened for the day was one containing an Allen County Republican Party email informing me that Interim Allen county Sheriff Jim Everett had passed away hours earlier after a sudden illness.
It’s often said in such cases, but Jim Everett was a very good man.
There are people in the law enforcement profession who genuinely dislike people who report news for a living.
Because they are failing to see us as having an important roll in informing the public.
By all accounts, Jim was not one of those people.
Every interaction that I had with him over his 42 year career was a positive one.
There were times when he couldn’t provide me with the information I wanted, but he was always friendly and professional.
Jim worked under a number of sheriff’s with different approaches and styles, but he was able to move up the ranks steadily simply by being a good cop.
Jim Everett basically ran the department’s day-to-day operations since his predecessors personal issues went public in September of last year.
And he had planned to try to win the nod of the county Republican party leadership for an appointment that would have lasted through the end of next year.
I suspect he would have been their likely choice.
At 62, Jim was a young man.
Far too young to have been taken from us as he was Tuesday night.
I would like to offer my condolences to the family, coworkers and colleagues he has unexpectedly left behind.
That’s the way I see it.
James K. “Jimmy” Everett, 62, died at 7:20 PM on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.
James was born on Sunday, May 9, 1954, in Lima, to the late Edmund K. “Bud” and Margaret Irene (Rasor) Everett. On Saturday, December 27, 1997, in Lima, he married Pam Quinn who survives in Cairo.
Jimmy had recently been sworn in as our Allen County Sheriff. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and was a member of the F.O.P. Lodge #21 and Elks Lodge #54. Jimmy loved his family, his work and his extended work family. He was a big fan of Nascar and loved his community in Cairo in which he served as Mayor for many years.
He is survived by his children, Kevin (Tricia) Rader, Josh (Jill) Brown, Donnie (Dezirae) Rader, Brian (Roxanne) Rader and Eric (Jillian) Everett; a sister, Charlotte (Bill) Ondrus; thirteen grandchildren, Donnie Jr., Chloe, Kyler, Kevin, Jamesen, Alivia, Gavin, Alayna, Kayne, Jack, Lucy, Eleanor and Madalyn and two nieces, Keri and Kylee.
He is preceded in death by an infant brother, Douglas Alan Everett.
The family will receive friends from 10 AM to 8 PM Sunday, February 12, 2017 in the Gymnasium at Lima Central Catholic High School, Lima, Ohio. A wake service with be held at 7 PM followed by a F.O.P. Lodge service at 7:30 PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio. Father Kent Kaufman will officiate.
Interment will be in Cairo East Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church, F.O.P Lodge #21 or Cairo Recreation.
Condolences may be expressed atwww.chamberlainhuckeriede.com