Ret. Sherriff Everette H. Van Hoesen long time Ponca city resident passed away Saturday morning with his loving wife by his side. He was 69 years of age. Everette was born on January 30, 1949 in Enid, OK to Howard L. and Gladys Pearce Van Hoesen.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church with Father Dee Bright officiating and Deacon Steve Mallory assisting. Interment will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family receiving relatives and friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of Grace Memorial Chapel of Ponca City. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Everette’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.
Everette grew up in Billings, Oklahoma and graduated in 1967. He served a tour of duty in the United States Army from 1969 – 1970 during Vietnam. Everette obtained an Associate Degree from NOC. February 14, 1970 Everette married the love of his life Sonja L. Terry and they made their home in Ponca City. Everette joined the Ponca City Police Department on May 1, 1972 and when he retired May 1, 1997 he was the Assist Chief. In 2004 Everette was elected Kay County Sherriff and after serving Kay County for 12 years he retired in 2016. Everette enjoyed raising Belgium Draft Horses, spending time and spoiling his grandchildren. He also loved a good debate and he was an active member of the Grace Episcopal Church.
Surviving are wife Sonja of 48 years, 1 Son; Chad Van Hoesen and wife Casey and 1 daughter; Ashley Rumford and husband Justin all of Ponca City, OK Grandchildren; Callie Jo Van Hoesen, Emma Lynn Van Hoesen, Livi Rumford, Lola Rumford and Bandy Rumford. 2 sisters; Audrey Stratton and Dolores Van Hoesen both of Enid, OK and 1 sister in law; Betty Van Hoesen of Wichita, KS.
Everette was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother; Lavern Van Hoesen and 1 brother in law Harlan Stratton.
Online condolences maybe done at www.gracememorialchapel.net
You will dearly missed, I will always remember carving and wideling things out of floral foam with you. Your enormous personality and ability to fill a room with happiness on your own accord. Till we can carve again rest easy.
Leroy A. VanHoesenWichita, KS
Our condolences to the Van Hoesen family. Everette was one of the first mentors I had when employed by PCPD in 1977. Sonja provided flowers for our wedding and Everette's horses and carriage was there for our daughter when she got married. He wouldn't take her to Ft. Huachuca, AZ but they did go down Grand Ave. We have many memories and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Evert and Kathy GreenRoby, MO
Sonja, Chad, & Ashley, May you take comfort knowing your husband and father made a huge impact on countless numbers of employees, subordinates, and citizens of Kay County and the State of Oklahoma. We shared many memories, laughter, and friendship together. Know Everett was one of a kind. Bill
Bill BoeseOwasso, OK
Chad , so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was one of the pillars of our community.
Grady and Dianne RickmanPonca City, OK
Chad and Ashley, may God be with you and your mom as through tough times and guide you in the future. Know he will be by your side and Everette will be guiding him.
Kevin MainPonca City, OK
Ashley, my heart breaks for you. I love you.
Chad, take care of your girls. They need you more now than ever.
Sonja, I'm so sorry for the lose of your husband and best friend. He was such a great man.
He will forever be watching over you all. Take care. We love you.
– The Rinehart's
Codi GildbergJacksonville, FL
Your family is in our prayers at your time of loss What a great man he was, and what a wonderful family he has.
Janelle, Joyce and Charlene
Janelle MorelandPonca City, OK
My deepest sympathy goes out to Sonja, chad, Ashley and families. I had the pleasure to work for Everette at the S.O. He will be greatly missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers
JenniferPonca city, OK
Sonja and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Everette was full of love for his family and always had a fun sense of humor. He would tease me about being a classmate of yours. I'm praying for your strength and comfort, and so thankful for having the opportunity of knowing Everette.
Nan Paris FryBlackwell, OK
A true gentleman,...always.
Paul SkidmoreBlackwell, OK
What a Blessing to our family. His amazing sense of Humor
& quick Witt were unforgettable!
God Bless you Everette. You will never be forgotten.
Much love & prayers to Sonja, Chad & Ashley and their beautiful children. We love you. Ron & Toni
Ron & Toni SneedJacksonville, FL
Sonja, Chad and Ashley-Sending our love and deepest sympathy. Everette will always remain one of my favorite people. I consider myself blessed to be a part of the flower shop family and to have all of the wonderful memories and will never forget his antics and shenanigans. Love, Harley, Sue Ann and Cody Rutherford
Sue Ann RutherfordBartlesville, OK