J. Avery Evinger
December 11, 1935 - October 28, 2019
J. Avery Evinger, 83, of rural Deshler, Ohio passed away Monday afternoon, October 28, 2019 at Briar Hill Health Campus, North Baltimore, Ohio.
He was born on December 11, 1935 in Jackson Township, Wood County to the late Guy and Lela (Avery) Evinger. On September 4, 1955 he married Mary Lou Kern and they have shared over 64 years together.
Avery graduated from Jackson Township High School and earned an Associates Degree in Accounting from Tiffin University. Early in life, he worked for the former Deshler Mailbox Factory and Libby-Owens in Toledo, Ohio. He then took a job with McComb Schools and served his school district as the transportation supervisor, building and grounds superintendent, and bus mechanic. He retired in 1990. Avery's greatest passion was his life on his farm. He was proud to be a 3rd generation farmer and be able to continue his life and his family's life on the same farm he was born on.
He was a faithful member of Hoytville United Methodist Church where he was active in the choir and a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years. He was a licensed and instrument rated pilot and enjoyed many years of owning and flying private planes.
He was a very active and proud 32nd Degree Mason. Through his Masonic years he was a member of Sycamore Lodge #520 in Deshler Ohio and Past Worshipful Master; member of Findlay Council #50 and Past Illustrious Master; member of Findlay Chapter #58 and Past Excellent High Priest; member of Findlay Commandery #49 and Past Eminent Commander; member of Zenobia Shrine; member of AMD Blanchard Valley Council #221 and a recipient of the Knight York Cross of Honor.
Avery is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Evinger; daughter, Dawn (Dr. Wayne) Feister, Rawson, Ohio; son, Bryan (Holly) Evinger, Defiance, Ohio; grandchildren, Laren (Will) Brooks; Clinton (Tori) Feister; Chad Gogley; Troy Haley; Alaina Evinger; Lydia Evinger; great grandchildren, Draper; Drayden; Keira; and sisters, Carolyn (Dale) States, North Glenn, Colorado; Rachel Shearon, Fremont, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Vickie Evinger-Fall.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Hoytville United Methodist Church, Hoytville, Ohio with Rev. Phil Park-Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at Feehan-Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Additional visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Friday at the church.
The family suggests memorials to Shriners Children's Hospital; Hoytville United Methodist Church or Jackson Township Fire Department.
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Shriners Hospitals for Children
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Hoytville United Methodist Church
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Jackson Township Fire Department