Everett F. Markey
April 20, 1934 – October 4, 2023
Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Laura; first wife, Patricia Markey; second wife, Patricia Granger-Markey; daughter, Elizabeth Goodroad; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Markey; brother, Edward; sisters, Helen, Marge and Mary.
Survived by children, Thomas, Jeanne Hightower (Steve), Julia Houser (Steve), Timothy (Mary Jo), Laura Allen (Charlie), Anne Gordon (Bill); son-in-law, Tim Goodroad; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Nilius, Lauretta Markey-Bruce (Tom), Linda Lazer (Tom); sister-in-law, Kathy Dougherty; and the children of Pat Granger-Markey.
Family will receive friends Monday, October 9, 2023 from 9:00AM – 11:00AM with Funeral Service at 11:00AM at West Center Chapel.
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Everett “Red” Markey, born April 20, 1934
Life story as dictated to daughter for 89th Bloomfield birthday celebration 2023
I was born on my mother’s birthday, welcomed by Edward and Laura Markey and three siblings. In all, there were 8 children born into our family. I have three younger sisters, Pat, Lauretta and Linda, who are still here to keep me in line.
I grew up in the Plattsmouth area and graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1952. I took a year off after 8th grade to work on a neighbor’s farm to help my parents. I then returned to high school the following year incoming as a 9th grader to become a three-year letter winner in football, track and baseball. I went on to play Men’s slow pitch softball in the church league for many years. I also took up golf which I still try to pretend to play.
After high school, I worked for the Corp of Engineers on the river for a couple years and in 1954 went to Armour and Company meat packing plant. In order to earn extra money as more kids came along, I went to the library and got books to learn the heating and air conditioning trade. This became additional income for many years. At Armour’s I worked up in rank and became a foreman. One time the plant engineers were installing a new piece of equipment. I had to do the install over the weekend and when I finished, the equipment did not work right. I had to redesign to get it to work. After the engineers saw that I got the equipment to work, they put my name on the patent. I continued to work with the Plant Engineers at the Omaha companies that succeeded Armour and went on to become a Plant Engineer myself. I finished my career with Con Agra in 1998. After retirement I continued to assist, mostly my children and their families, with “projects” and/or broken items. I was called on to fix everything from air conditioners to kitchen sinks to cars and more. I could fix almost anything with whatever tools or lack of tools were available. Duct tape was a favorite.
I married Pat Dougherty on October 1st, 1955. We met at the soda fountain where she worked in South Omaha. She was hesitant to talk to me as I brought my 3-year-old sister Linda in with me and she thought I was married. We shared over 50 years and 7 children together: Tom, Jeanne, Julie, Tim, Liz, Laura, and Anne. I have 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grands. Pat died in January, 2010. My daughter Liz died in November, 2018. All my children live in or close to Omaha. Pat and I were avid card players and enjoyed our trips to Las Vegas. We took many trips around the United States after retirement. I also liked the fun of betting on the dog races and I was quite successful if I do say so myself.
After Pat died, I moved out of our family home in the Holy Name area. I moved to Whitehall Condominiums where I met my second wife Pat Granger. We were married in August, 2013. Pat passed away in February, 2019.
I then moved in with my sister, Pat, until coming to Bloomfield in September 2020. I enjoy playing pitch, pool, shuffleboard and talking with other residents. I also enjoy playing golf now and then, along with regular games of online checkers.