American Veteran 09

Everett Nordine

October 21, 1932 ~ February 21, 2022 (age 89)


Everett Ronald Nordine, age 89, of Rapid City, South Dakota, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 21, 2022.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Albert City. Burial will be in the Fairfield Township Cemetery in Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.

Everett was born October 21, 1932, in Albert City, Iowa, to Floyd and Marie (Anderson) Nordine. He attended Albert City High School where he excelled in athletics and intended to enroll at Drake University to play football. However, the sudden passing of his father changed the trajectory of his life and Everett remained on the farm to provide for his mother and three younger siblings. In 1953, he was called to serve his country during the Korean Conflict. He served for two years with the US Army in Germany.

Everett accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of five and eight years later, he recommitted his life to Jesus Christ and the desire to be the man that God intended him to be. Everett also spoke often of the impact attending Explo ’72 in Dallas, Texas, had on him as he responded to Billy Graham’s challenge to live a life fully dedicated to Christ and building His Kingdom.

Next to God, Everett’s Grandfather, Arthur Anderson, had the biggest impact on his life. Everett longed to follow his Grandfather’s example of putting God first, family second, and friends and America third, and to develop godly character such as honesty, integrity, humility and always leaving everything better than you found it.

In 1956, Everett was united in marriage to his lifelong sweetheart, Sandra Gustafson. God blessed them with over 65 years together, three children, nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Everett’s love for his family was matched only by their love and admiration for him. He was his kids and grandkids biggest cheerleader and built unbreakable bonds with them through tossing a baseball, casting a fishing pole, hunting for the prize buck, cruising Lake Okoboji in his boat or intentionally sharing some of his godly Grandpa wisdom.

Everett was a gifted leader, utilizing his talents in various roles with the local 4H club, Elevator Board, and church leadership. He remembered fondly his time on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and serving as President of the National Corn Development Foundation.

Everett and Sandy enjoyed everything side-by-side; whether it was, traveling, farming, running a seed business, or raising their family together in Albert City. They moved to Rapid City, SD, in 2000 where Everett continued his volunteering with Pennington County Sherriff’s Department and the Hands of Faith Board of Directors. Everett and Sandy loved the beauty and experiences the Black Hills offered them the past 21 years but always considered themselves to be Iowans at heart.

Everett’s life, love and influence will forever be cherished by his wife, Sandy; children: Terry (Hope) Nordine of Rapid City; Heather (Mike) Lenz of Newell, IA; and Amber (Brian) Perkins of Mason City, IA; grandchildren: Cassondra Lenz of Paulina, IA; Amanda (William) Clark of Eaton, CO; Cody (Clair) Nordine of Rapid City; Brittney Hicks of Storm Lake, IA; Autumn (JohnMark) Lundeen of Rapid City; Courtney (Tait) Vesely of Rapid City; Casey (Audrey) Nordine of Hill City, SD; Joshua (Logan) Perkins of Minneapolis, MN; and Caleb (Sydney) Perkins of Minneapolis, MN; great-grandchildren: Juilee, Jace, Amiah, Braeden, Dakota, Logan, Belle, Cale, Eve, Everly, June, Rowen, Frankie, Griffin, Wilder, Mildred and Lucille; sisters-in-law: Betty Nordine and Pam Nordine; brothers-in-law: Don Fredrickson and Carl Gochnauer; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Everett was preceded in death by his parents: Floyd and Marie Nordine; in-laws: Malcolm and Virgilia Gustafson; brothers: Burnett and Leland Nordine; sisters: Myrtis Allen and Millicent Fredrickson; brother-in-law: Gene Allen and sister-in-law: Valerie Gochnauer.

May the Lord be honored through the life and legacy of Everett Ronald Nordine.


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Funeral Service
March 5, 2022

11:00 AM
Evangelical Free Church Albert City
212 Flower Street
Albert City, IA 50510

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