Peter Ralph Evers
Peter Ralph Evers, 92, a long term resident of the Roy community, passed away on August 29, 2016.
Pete was born on the family farm in Verboort on February 18, 1924. He was the fifth of fifteen children born to Albert and Mary (Hermens) Evers. He was raised in Verboort and attended Visitation Catholic School.
He met Mary Miller while showing Holstein dairy cattle at the Oregon State Fair. They were married in February, 1953 in West Linn and made their home in Verboort, moving to Roy in 1963. They had eight children and divorced in 1984. Pete continued to live in the Roy area and married his childhood friend Genny (Vanderzanden) Herinckx in 1993.
Pete was a dairy farmer for the first part of his life and then worked as a meat handler for Carnation Pet Foods, retiring when he was 62.
Pete and Genny were avid gardeners who loved eating fresh vegetables and sharing their annual bountiful harvests with family, neighbors, and friends. Pete was also known for his special version of oatmeal cookies, “GPCs – Grandpa Pete Cookies” and shared batches with everyone he met. He was also a hobby meteorologist and was remarkably skilled with plants and animals. Pete had an incredible memory, could spout the names, dams, sires and grand dams of the 100 cow herd and could tell you the planting history of a good many of the fields in Washington County, as well as the history of the residents and who was related to whom. He was a very caring person who tended his aging mother for a number of years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and a grandson, Austin Lee.
Survivors include his wife, Genny, eight children and their spouses: Joyce and Mike Ochsner of Portland, Jim Evers of Oregon City, Tony Evers and Luis Pereira of Brazil, Jane Evers and Peter Bonting of Germany, John and Lisa Evers of Beaverton, Ken and Erin Evers of Gaston, Margaret Evers and Bob Lee of Oregon City, Susanne Evers of Portland; eight siblings: Florence Herinckx, Agnes Oblander, Norma Sue Peters, Alvin, Gene, Joe, Ned, and Fred Evers; fifteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes donations in Pete’s name be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church.