John O. Evert, age 48, of Faribault, died on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault, due to complications from Friedreich’s Ataxia.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Faribault, with the Reverend Steven Delzer and the Reverend Allan Nelson officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.
A memorial visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. and also on Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service. A memorial service conducted by Faribault Masonic Lodge #9, A. F. & A. M. will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
John O., the son of Harry and Ida (Bishop) Evert, was born on February 20, 1963 in Waukegan, IL. He graduated from Faribault Senior High School and attended South Central Technical College. He was a member of Faribault Masonic Lodge #9 A. F. & A.M., Tyrian Chaper #6 R. A. M., Faribault Commandry #8, K.T., Osman Shrine Club, Cannon Valley Shrine Club, Athens Chapter #82, Order of the Eastern Star, he was a supporter of MDA. His interests included NASCAR and drag racing; WWE Wrestling; going to car and truck shows; watching parades, game shows and TV Land; reading and looking at magazines; restoring his 1940 Ford street rod with his brother; eating his mother’s bake goods and sharing M&M’s with his little bud, Jill.
He is survived by his mother, Ida Evert; one brother, Chuck (and Lisa) Evert; one niece, Jill Evert, all of Faribault; Godparents, Robert "Jake" and Patricia Bishop; uncles and aunts, Clayton and Mary Jane Bishop, Dale and Marlene Morsching, Ellie Evert; special friends, Wendy and Connie; and many other relatives and friends;
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry; his grandparents, John "Jack" and Lillian Evert, C. O. and Isabelle Bishop; uncles and aunts, Ralph and Delma Bishop, Wilbur and Ardie Bishop, Bill and Mary Bishop Sorn, Alton and Phyliss Bishop Guzek and Bud Evert.
A special thank you to all the PCA’s and to Sharin who was with John until the end; and to the relatives and friends who supported John during his journey.
John was admired for having a positive attitude in spite of the diagnosis he was given as a child. He never complained about the hand he was dealt – he stayed strong and joyful – he was our "rock".
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to MN Rett Syndrome Research Assn, MDA, Faribault Area Hospice or donor’s choice.
Name: Heather De Frang (Haberkorn)
Date: Monday June 06, 2011
Where to start? John was an amazing person who touched so many lives, especially mine. In all the years that I was in the healthcare field no one touched me as much. He had a great sense of humor which I learned very early on. He taught me a lot about life, and that no matter what hand God deals you it was given to you because you can handle it. John was always cracking jokes and making you laugh. There was never a dull moment in the house. He had his caring side as well, and no matter how his day was going he always could sense if there was something wrong with you. John could dish out the sarcasm and take it just as well. His mom told me that he had asked for bananas but wasn't really eating them. When I brought him out for breakfast his face lit up. Then I made him eat the banana first, since he asked for them. He gave me a little grief, but of course finished that banana so he could get to the good stuff. I was never a wresting fan, that is of course until I sat and watched hours of Monday night RAW. I still try and catch it when ever I have the chance. In February of 2008 I brought him back a handkerchief, Hooter's t-shirt, and a few pictures from Mexico. The look on his face was priceless when I showed him the picture of the Hooter's girl hula hooping in front of the restaurant. Seeing John light up and be so excited over something so small makes you believe there are people in this world that are not completely selfish. After I finished working as a PCA I took him to a wedding reception, cruise night in Lakeville, visited, and enjoyed a crazy cookout with him. He was always excited to see my 5 kids, and had the patience of a king with them. There are so many memories they will never fit in here. So good bye to the ONE that touched my life and made me understand that life is precious no matter what your physical restrictions are. John will be missed by us all. Love, Heather, Gary, Aleighna, Aeriana, Clarice, Nason, and Teddy
Date: Monday June 06, 2011
Those blue eyes and that handsome smile won me over from day one. Everything else was for the most part simple and fun. Nobody's perfect. OK here we go. Whiskey Dew and hot roast beef commercials at the tavern. Drives through the local car lots "just to look". Best Christmas light house. Stingrays and sharks swimming over at Mall Of America. Hot dogs. Checking out the view from the floor when he would miss the chair. Blue bedroom. Axe. Braiding the hair. "if you look good, you feel good". Bonfire and cookout at the farm. Girlie calendars. Family get togethers. Shopping for the newest Elmo video for his "little bud" before her parents got it. Loving him for his strength as well as his fears. Holding his hand while watching TV. Rubbing his ear just because he would let me. Caramels on the way to get on the scale. Forehead to forehead, it had many meanings. Learning about what a life he had lived. How much his family meant to him. The lessons he taught me about life. The lessons I hope I taught him about life. All the car knowledge I know have about cars and hot rods that I never knew before. Hours of watching WWE. "Learning something new everyday". Daily reading of the "who croaked" section. Doughnuts. Learning he taught caning at the fair. Ida's baking, oh my, cookies, cakes, bars, need I say more? The tantrums. The daily jokes. Reading emails his uncle would mail to him. his ability to make me smile. His smile was contagious to everyone. The jazz player with the go tee at Walmart. "If I had done that, my dad would've put the whole shoe factory up my ass" The spam museum and again a hat and a smile. The playfullness between brothers. His sensitive emotional side. Seeing the love in his eyes for Jill at Rett Syndrome fundraisers. Learning Dynavox together. My mind swirls with many more memories of John. For now, goodbye to my friend who touched my life in so many ways.