Meet John VerWey, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – John was born on July 11, 1930 to parents Anna and Bert VerWey in Inwood, Iowa. His parents were Dutch immigrants who worked on a rented farm. John has three sisters—Susan, Anna-Mae, and Bernice—and one brother, Richard.
John lived in Inwood until 1950 when he joined the United States Air Force. He served for three years and was stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota. While in the Air Force, John met his wife, Evelyn. She came to the airbase with a friend of hers who was dating a friend of his. John’s friend set them up on a blind date; John says he knew almost immediately that she was “the one.” They were married on December 14, 1952 and were together for 67 years. They had three children together: Lisa, who lives in Virginia, Jeff, who lives in Seattle, and Paul, who lives in Davis.
After he left the Air Force, John and Evelyn settled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He worked in electrical wholesale for 38 years. They were able to take a number of interesting vacations over the years. John’s favorite was a trip to Alaska. They also traveled to the Panama Canal, Mississippi, Germany, and the Netherlands. John moved to Davis in November to be closer to his son, Paul. He feels welcome here at Carlton Davis and likes the employees.
John’s favorite life experience is either the blind date he met his wife on, or the birth of his first child. John describes himself as kind, a listener, and a teacher. He would like to be remembered as good, considerate, a dad, and someone who was able to teach others right from wrong. He enjoys classical music, woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He looks forward to receiving and reading his quarterly copy of South Dakota Magazine. His favorite foods include breakfast, sirloin steak, and apple pie with ice cream. He loves the smell of garlic. He most admires his late wife, Evelyn.
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Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis