John Edward Evers, 87, a native of Dyersville, died November 16, 2013, in Connecticut Hospice. John, who had lived for the past six and one-half years at Arden Courts, an assisted care facility in Connecticut, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease, according to his niece, Karolyn Schuster Harwood, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, who has watched over him for the past decade.
Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.
John was born on the farm north of Dyersville owned by his parents, Edward J. and Stella (Cunningham) Evers, on November 7, 1926. He graduated from Xavier High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy one month before his eighteenth birthday. He served as a Sound Man Third Class on a ship in the Pacific during World War II. A drummer in the Xavier High School band, he played in the Navy’s 12th Regiment’s Drum and Bugle Corps.
John graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1951. He stayed at the university an extra year so that he could take additional courses in art, his lifelong passion.
After a short stint as a pharmacist in a Davenport drug store, John moved east in 1953 to begin a 40-year career with Merck, Sharp & Dohme, the pharmaceutical company, as an executive professional representative in the New Jersey area. He received numerous professional achievement and sales awards from the company before retiring in 1993.
John was a talented and accomplished photographer and artist. Three of his photographs, taken during a University of Iowa–sponsored expedition he took to Antarctica in 1992, were selected for a 1993 photographic exhibition at the university entitled “The Antarctica Experience.”
It was in Connecticut in his later years that John received attention and acclaim for his artwork. He had been drawing and painting since he was a boy growing up in Iowa.