Wife speaks out after losing her husband

JACKSON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) – A Jackson County man was killed Sunday night after a tractor accident south of Hoyt.

Sheriff Tim Morse said the man’s tractor rolled over shortly after 5:00 p.m. along S. road.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse identified the victim as Ethan Everts, 43, of Hoyt.

Ethan’s wife, Chris Everts said her husband and his brother were clearing cedar trees from their property when a tractor crushed him.

Sheriff Morse said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Something went wrong and it flipped on him,” said Everts.

Chris said it seems like a bad dream.

Ethan was a father of three.

“It was very important to him to be a good father and a good parent to his kids,” Everts said.

Tragedy is no stranger to this rural family. Ethan lost his father in high school.

“He never wanted to put his kids through what he went through,” she said, “the hardest part is the worry for my kids.”

Ethan and Chris were high school sweethearts and each other’s best friends.

She said, “When you’ve been with someone that long, the little things, you don’t realize how much you think about them in a day and how much you work like a team.”

Ethan and Chris had built their house together just a few years ago and he was clearing the backyard so they could expand when the tragedy struck.

“Life’s precious. Just and it goes way too quick and just to try to enjoy every moment you can with those you love,” she said.

She said she wishes she could tell him one more time just how much she loves him.

According to the most recent statistic, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says tractor overturns are the leading cause of death in agriculture related fatalities.


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