ARLOS R. EVERY, 1930 - 2021
Born in West Shokan, NY on May 30, 1930, Arlos “Bucky” Every grew up on a farm in the midst of the Great Depression as one of seven children of the late Francis Every and Delta Nichols Every.
He married his beloved wife of 62 years, Vivian Angevine of Bearsville, NY, just prior to entering the Army in the early 1950s. He served two years with an 18-month tour in post-WWII Germany. After his honorable discharge, he rejoined his wife and embarked on an entrepreneurial career when the trucking company he had worked for prior to entering the Army refused to recognize his seniority.
Among numerous successful ventures involving forestry, real estate, and the contract transportation of mail, he started a school bus company in the early 1960s that became known as Tonche Transit, Inc. With the help of Vivian, he grew his fleet from one bus to more than forty, entered the motorcoach business in the 1980s, and acquired another school bus operation, RJW Transit, in the 1990s, which became EVCO Transport, Inc.
Joined by his son, Glenn, in 2000 and daughter, JoAnne, in 2009, he expanded the business into a regional interstate motorcoach operation while continuing to serve local school districts with school buses. Tonche Transit has been recognized by the NYSDOT and the insurance industry for their safe operation on numerous occasions, and the company was recently profiled on CNBC and in the New York Times. Arlos remained active in the business on a daily basis until a week before his passing.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed travelling and camping with his wife. He was a motorsport enthusiast from his early days building, owning, and sponsoring race cars. His 12th-place finish at the 1952 Daytona 150 was one of his most memorable moments, and at the last race he ever attended, he watched his son and grandson win at the 2020 Lime Rock Historic Festival.
Arlos is best viewed through the lens of the family and friends in the community that he touched. He was always there for his siblings when they needed a hand and spent a lot of time caring for his brother Harvey. On a personal note, my father was also my closest friend, the best man at my wedding, my business partner, daily companion, and most importantly, the finest example of how to be a man. The special bond he shared with my sister was one to be admired. He truly was her hero. A strong supporter of the activities of his family, he could often be found at horse shows, sporting events, gymnastics meets, and concerts. He instilled honesty, a strong work ethic, and the importance of education in his children and grandchildren, all of whom received college degrees. He also supported the arts through an artist-in-residence program at his former home in Wittenberg that nurtured young artists who are now making their own impact on the world.
There are two comments that stand out in the many condolences we have received that perhaps capture his essence best: He was a giant of quiet, strong Americanism; and, He lived life on his own terms and showed no fear.
With the passing of the love of his life, Vivian, in 2014 Arlos moved in with his daughter JoAnne Bachor of Boiceville, NY. He leaves behind his daughter JoAnne, and son, Glenn Every of Rhinebeck, NY; grandchildren Heidi Bachor, Heather Bachor, Holly Bachor, Matthew Every, and Sam Every; great grandchild Philanthe LaMonda; and his beloved dog, Molly. He is survived by his sisters Alma Ronk, Evelyn Morton, Marilyn Higley, and Beverly Kelder; and first cousins: Lynn Krebser, Doris Glass, Raymond Nichols, Gail Alexander, and Wayne Nichols. His brothers Don and Harvey predeceased him.
He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 23, 2021.
A graveside memorial service will be held in the Spring. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice at www.hvhospice.org You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Bucky's Tribute Wall at gormleyfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia.
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