Everett Chard, 69, of Granite Falls, died Thursday, December 31, 2009, at the Granite Falls Manor.

    Private family services will be held at a later date in Grayslake, Illinois.

    Everett Warren Chard was born on May 8, 1940 in Grayslake, Illinois, the son of Warren Adolphus and Pauline Florence (Sutton) Chard. He attended St. Gilbert’s Grade school in Grayslake and graduated from Grayslake High School, one of three Valedictorians in his class.


 Everett Chard, 69, of Granite Falls, died Thursday, December 31, 2009, at the Granite Falls Manor.

    Private family services will be held at a later date in Grayslake, Illinois.

    Everett Warren Chard was born on May 8, 1940 in Grayslake, Illinois, the son of Warren Adolphus and Pauline Florence (Sutton) Chard. He attended St. Gilbert’s Grade school in Grayslake and graduated from Grayslake High School, one of three Valedictorians in his class. He then obtained his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Ohio, and his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkley. As part of his post-graduate work, Everett spent a year in Kenya and traveled in Europe. He taught at Western Washington State University in the 70s before moving to Minneapolis. While residing in Minneapolis, Everett received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and worked as a computer programmer for Honeywell and the Minnesota State Legislature Library. From 2001 – 2003, he served in the Peace Corps in Ghana where he worked with the Ghana East Regional Association of the Deaf.

    Everett started the Minnesota Chapter of ALDA (Association of Late Deafened Adults) and was a staunch advocate for the rights of the disabled. He enjoyed gardening, reading, hiking and running. Everett ran in the New York Marathon.

    He is survived by two sisters: Lillian (Lawrence) Beshel of Short Hills, New Jersey and Florence Dacey of Cottonwood; two brothers: Philip (Stephanie) Chard of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Douglas (Janet) Chard of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; ten nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Memorial donations preferred to Granite Falls Manor in memory of Everett Chard.

    Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls is in charge of arrangements.