Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Rev. Magrey deVega will officiate. Burial will be in the Quimby Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Friday. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Evelyn was born on March 22, 1922 at Quimby to Jay and Vera (Huston) Bennett. She was married to Clarence McCleerey on April 9, 1938 at Vermillion, S.D., and worked for Boeing Aircraft while living in the state of Washington. She also lived in the state of Oregon prior to her retirement. Evelyn had been a resident of Cherokee for the past 29 years, and prior to this had lived Aurelia for several years, many years ago. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed camping, music and dancing, playing cards, doing craftwork, volunteering at the nursing homes and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on April 22, 1989; a great-grandson and one brother, Orlan Bennett.
She is survived by her three children: Coleen Truxell of Cherokee; Thomas McCleerey and his wife Karla of Denison; and Dennis McCleerey of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren, Monte and Tammy McCleerey and their children Megan and Amanda of Norwalk; Scott and Lori McCleerey and their children Gary and Gregory of Condon, Mont.; Jeff and Shari Wetherell and their children Jessica, Vicki and Robbie of Fairfield; Melody Rowan and her children Niccole, Joshua and Daniel of Sioux City; and one brother, Darrell Bennett and his wife Harriet of Lincoln, Neb.