Richard LaQue Everhard was born July 23, 1923, in the village of Kenyon, Minnesota, and grew up around Georgetown Lake and Phillipsburg, Montana.
After high school, he worked in mining and logging for a couple of years before joining the Army during World War II. He arrived in France on D-Day at Omaha Beach and was awarded the Purple Heart.
When he returned home in 1945, he earned a degree in education and in 1949 married Lois Crawford, herself a teacher. They had two daughters, Susan Louise and Jan Lorraine, and lived in Laurel.
Richard taught in Billings and Lois taught in Laurel until she passed away in 1977. Richard continued to teach for a few more years and then retired.
In retirement, he helped a friend with her upholstery business and they spent many weekends dancing at local venues. Twenty-five years ago he built himself an efficient, low-maintenance home in Laurel that he lived in until the end.
Dick was a kind, generous and gentle man who passed away quietly March 12, 2017.