Everett Darius Ziemer
Sept. 3, 1923 – July 20, 2021
Everett Darius Ziemer was born in Minneapolis in 1923 to Everett Frank and Edna Ziemer. Everett, known as Zeke, spent most of his summers helping his grandpa Frank Ziemer, who had an 80-acre farm.
Zeke graduated high school from Cozad, Nebraska, and went on to a trade school in North Platte, Nebraska, and graduated in 1941.
Zeke was drafted in 1943 into the United States Army and went to Washington, D.C. When WWII broke out, he was sent to the Pacific Islands. There he led mule teams that carried 75 caliber Howitzer cannons and his troop was one of the first troops into Japan. Zeke was also called up from the reserves to serve in the Korean War.
The Ziemer family moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, where they started the Ziemer Studio. Billie Hamstreet came into the studio one day and they fell in love. Zeke married Billie in 1946 in Story, Wyoming. In 1947, the newlyweds moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, and started their own Ziemer Studio on South Main Street. Zeke went to work for the United States Postal Service until his retirement. After retiring, the Ziemers became snowbirds and bought a home in Queen Valley, Arizona.
Zeke was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and his daughter, Vickie. He is survived by his wife, Billie of Mesa, Arizona, and two sons, Richard of Mesa Arizona, and Randy of Denver; and he has seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.