Everett Braswell Obituary

Everett Franklin Braswell
Everett Franklin Braswell
Everett Franklin Braswell

May 8, 1934 - July 24, 2007
Born in Little Rock, AR
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Frank died on July 24, 2007 at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa following a courageous 14-year battle with cancer.

Frank was born on May 8, 1934 in Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduation Frank entered the U.S. Navy in 1951 on the U.S.S. Moale during the Korean War and retired 20 years later as the Active Duty Station Chief at the Fort Des Moines Reserve Center in 1971.

Following his military retirement, Frank utilized his knowledge of cultural diversity as he entered the Restaurant and Bar Equipment Sales sector. He was popular with the ethnic restaurant community. He worked for Hockenberg Equipment, Sorensen Equipment, and finally retiring from Bolton and Hay in 1995.

During his Navy career, Frank served on 12 different Navy Ships. He was stationed in Villefranche, France, Durham, North Carolina; Rota, Spain; and Des Moines, Iowa.

During his sea time, Frank traveled the world twice; crossing the equator both times earning him the title of "Polywog" and "Shellback." He also earned the "Golden Order of the Dragon" crossing the 180th meridian.

While stationed in Villefranche, he was the Barge Coaxwain for the Commander Sixth Fleet. He served in this capacity for six years, under three different Admirals. During this time, he met his wife Helene (Fifi) Beauffet and they were married in 1960.

Frank was a member of the American Legion; Amvets; VFW Post 5168; US Navy Cruiser Association; Tin Can Sailor Assocation; Chief's Association; and the Isaac Walton League of Iowa.

Frank is preceded in death by his wife Helene Braswell. He is survived by two children; Freeman Braswell of Chicago; John Braswell of Des Moines; and grandson Levi Braswell of Des Moines, Iowa.

A special thanks is being extended to the doctors/ nurses/staff at Methodist, Mercy, and Kavanagh House for their countless hours of care; as well as to his shipmates around the United States for their support.

Following cremation, there will be no funeral services. Frank and Helene’s ashes will be spread in the bay of Villefranche where they met. A "Bull Session" at the watering hole will be held on Monday, July 30th from 5-8 p.m. at Iowa Beef Steak House located at 1201 E.Euclid Ave., Des Moines.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Animal Lifeline of Iowa or Hospice of Iowa.





Iowa Beef Steak House
1201 E. Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50316
Monday, July 30, 2007
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM