Middletown’s Everett Sherron, a lifetime Boy Scout, dies at age 100

A Middletown man who spent most of his life in Boy Scouts died Thursday night in his home. Everett Sherron was 100.

Sherron, a Paducah, Ky., native, moved to Middletown as a child when his father took a job with the Boy Scouts. A year later, he became a Scout and remained active with Troop 718. He was involved in scouting for 70 years.

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Although he was drafted into World War II, he was given a medical release due to a previous surgery but continued to contribute to the war effort by building aircraft engines in a defense plant. He then worked for Black Clawson for 35 years.

He served many years as an usher at First United Methodist Church and staffed the Middletown Historical Society’s Canal Museum every Sunday afternoon.

He made Eagle Scout in 1932 and is in the Order of the Arrow. As an adult, he received the Silver Beaver Award and two district awards of merit. He has won every award the Scouts ever presented. He was assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster of Troop 18 and served as committee chairman for Troop 718.

Sherron had said he learned many life skills in scouting, including first aid and cooking, which was important after his wife, Louise, died on Feb. 28, 1988, their 46th wedding anniversary.

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He is survived by three children: John, 72, of Columbus, Doug, 68, of New York, and Anne Lapham, 71, of Monroe; plus nine grandchildren.

Lapham had called her father “a role model” because of the way he lived his life, always putting others first, even if that sometimes upset his wife.

Sherron was one of four people honored last year at the 30th annual Middletown Community Foundation’s meeting. He shared the Mary Jane Palmer Nunlist “I Love Middletown” honor with 95-year-old Harry Pratt.

Funeral services are pending.

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