Obit: Ovans, John
(1920 - 2007)
Contact: R. Lipprandt
Surnames: BECK, BOYLE, EWAN, HARTMANN, OVANS, TARRAS, WARD, WERNER
----Sources: The Tribune-Phonograph, Vol. 47, No. 8, Wed., February 21, 2007, p 9
Ovans, John (21 Sep 1920 - 16 Feb 2007)
John Ovans, 86, Spencer, died Friday, February 16th, 2007 at Colonial Center, Colby.
Funeral services were held February 20th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spencer. Burial will be in the Abbotsford Public Cemetery at a later date. The Reverend Rebekah Tarras presided. Military rites were conducted by the Colby VFW Post 2227.
John was born September 21st, 1920, in Prentice to James and Lucille (Boyle) Ovans. He was raised and attended school in Abbotsford, but left school to work with his father in the well drilling business.
John then joined the Wisconsin National Guard. He served with the 173rd Field Artillery Group serving five campaigns through France, German and into Austria during WW2
He and Phyllis (Beck) were married April 26th, 1947 in Milwaukee.
He worked 22 years for Spector Freight. John and Phyllis retired to Lake Nokomis in 1980 and live there until moving to Spencer.
John was a member of the Lake Nokomis Concerned Citizens for 14 years and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, Spencer; his children, Mary (Gerald) Hartmann, Germantown, Kristin Ovans, Milwaukee and John (Donna) Ovans, Green Bay; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother George Ovans, Shawano and two sisters, Mary (Karl) Ewan, Rhinelander and Lucille Ward, Gresham.
John was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, William and Thomas Ovans and one sister, Helen Werner.
Maurina-Community Funeral Home, Abbotsford, assisted the family with arrangements.
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