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Decorated Vietnam veteran laid to rest in Portland, Ore.

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Yesterday, a military honor guard played Taps and presented the nation’s colors at services for Vietnam veteran Barry Everett, 65, of Portland, Oregon.

Born September 27, 1948, in Santa Ana, Calif., Everett spent his youthful years in the small, rural town of Riddle, Oregon, in Southern Douglas County.

For reasons now remembered only by his family, Barry lived with his Aunt Paula and Uncle “Pilly” (Robert) Everett until he graduated from high school in 1966.

Like all 18-year-old men at the time, Barry was called into military service. From 1970-1971 he spent time in Vietnam; receiving military commendations.

He worked in the steel fabrication and erection industry for many years and later owned his own crane service.

Barry Everett is survived by his wife Mindy and children Scott, Kelly, and Anna (son-in-law Aaron) and several grandchildren.

Portland’s VFW Post 4248 held a memorial gathering following the service to celebrate the life of the man who was a friend to all and stranger to none.

Examiner’s Note: Condolences to the family of my old high school friend Barry, whom I had lost track of over the years. Thank you for your service. You left us way too soon.

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