Loren Dean McEvers, 70, of Jacksonville died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 31, 1950, in Jacksonville, the son of Walter Edmun and Iva Mae Angelo McEvers. Loren married Nathalie Dietch in 1972 and she or he survives.
Loren is also survived by six sons, Nathan McEvers of Jacksonville, Aaron (Christy) McEvers of El Paso, Texas, Justin (Amanda) McEvers of Jacksonville, Jordan McEvers and Collin McEvers of Jacksonville, and Bryan (Stephanie) Hill of Russellville, Alabama; 15 grandchildren, Brooke, Bailey, Alyssa, Tyler and Aidan McEvers, McKenzie (Matt) Leno, Kenneth (Seline) McEvers, Piper, Mason, Celtin, Jaymisen and Blaize McEvers, and Michael (Michelle), Matthew and Morgan Hill; a number of great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elaine Gauges (deceased husband, Kenneth) and Linda Van Aken (deceased husband, David), each of Jacksonville; and several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in loss of life by two brothers, Bob McEvers and Ed McEvers (surviving spouse, Jan of Jacksonville); one sister, Sharon McEvers; and two nephews, Robbie McEvers and Jeff Jones.
Loren took nice satisfaction in serving for greater than 24 years because the grounds supervisor at Jacksonville Developmental Middle, the place he was nicely revered for his consideration to element and devotion to his place, going to such excessive lengths as to propagate and nurture crops and bushes from seed in his greenhouse to adorn the campus. After retiring with the closing of the middle, Loren continued sharing his love and experience of gardening as a panorama specialist beautifying Jacksonville space yards.
Along with his gardening expertise, Loren was a well-respected pool participant, having competed in numerous eight-ball and three-cushion billiards leagues. He was acknowledged because the State of Illinois Eight-Ball Champion in 2007 and introduced dwelling a second-place end on the 2016 NVEA Pool Championship within the open eight-ball singles division held in Las Vegas. There isn’t a ample strategy to quantify the affect Loren had on a whole lot of pool gamers all through his a few years as a competitor, coach, league operator and mentor.
Whereas Loren was a humble man of many abilities, he was most pleased with his household. As he assumed the function of the household patriarch, he supplied a strong basis for his kids, grandchildren and sisters. Household and associates will always remember impromptu dance classes within the kitchen along with his harmonica, his humorousness, contagious smile and willingness to assist to anybody in want.
A graveside service shall be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at Memorial Garden Cemetery. There shall be no visitation. Nonetheless, associates are invited to escort the household from Williamson Funeral Dwelling to the cemetery south of Jacksonville. Williamson employees will line up automobiles of their south car parking zone till 1:45 p.m., getting ready for a 2 p.m. departure. Due to the present pandemic, face masks and social distancing are required. Memorials are advised to St. Jude Kids’s Analysis Hospital, American Most cancers Society, The Salvation Military and Toys for Tots. Williamson Funeral House is answerable for preparations, and condolences could also be left on-line at airsman-hires.com.
Printed in Jacksonville Journal-Courier from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.