Irvin Evers
Irvin Evers
Our featured resident at Ostrander Care & Rehab this week is recently admitted Irvin Evers.

His wife of 60 years is Esther, and their children are Keith, Pamela (deceased), David, Susan (Duane) Krahn, Debra Tukua, Daniel (Lana) and Janet (Jim) Kappers. Eight grandchildren (seven living) and two great-grandchildren are part of the family.

Irvin, born Jan. 27, 1926, to Fred and Lizzie (Schumacher) Evers is the sole survivor of four children. Two sisters, Meta Stender and Ida Vehrenkamp, and a brother, Wilkie, preceded Irvin's birth. The family lived on a farm northeast of Wykoff.

He was baptized and confirmed at St John's Lutheran Church, attending St. Johns School through the eighth grade. He graduated from Wykoff High School in 1943 and then farmed with his parents on the home place.

On Feb. 5, 1952, Irvin married Esther Timm at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Esther grew up in Utica, Minn., and became acquainted with Irvin at her cousin's home near Wykoff. The couple lived on the home farm for the next 60 years, where they still have their home today.

During their married life, Irvin and Esther enjoyed visits to Europe, including stops in Paris and a number of other famous cities. They enjoyed going on cruises, traveled to Hawaii, Vermont, Florida, Louisiana, California, Colorado, and many states along their travel routes.

Playing the harmonica has always been a hobby of Irvin's, according to Esther. His mother had indicated to Esther that he had started playing the instrument at 4 years of age.

He attended hundreds of sporting events to watch all of his children participate in high school and college sports. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren skiing, making many memories for them that will be cherished forever. He has always had a love of music, and was a member of St. John's choir, the Root River Revelers, and also a barbershop group from Rochester.

During their 60 years of marriage, Irvin and Esther were one of six card-playing couples that have continued to play cards together, even yet today. Although now the card playing has diminished to more of just a time to get "caught up" on everything going on with their families.

Irvin feels very blessed to have his family and friends and thanks the Lord every day for all that He has provided for him.