Obituary: Francis Edward Everson

Dec. 29, 1933 – Oct. 29, 2019

Francis Edward Everson, 85, of Sturgeon Bay died at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF with his family at his side.

He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of William Erwin Everson and Alvina Clara (Slavik) Everson. Fran graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1951 and enlisted to serve his country with the United States Army in 1954. He was stationed in Saint-Nazaire, France, and Germany. Fran was honorably discharged from service in 1956.

He married Arliss Arleen Marcussen on June 20, 1953, at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, where he remained a lifelong member.

Fran was initially employed with Warner Wholesale in Sturgeon Bay for more than 10 years. He became the veteran service officer for Door County, serving for more than 30 years. Fran was an officer on the board of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in Madison. He was a lifetime member of the Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51, VFW Post #3088 and American Legion Post 72, all in Sturgeon Bay. Fran also served on the board of Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay for more than 25 years and the Sturgeon Bay School Board for years.

He enjoyed playing in local bowling, softball and golf leagues.

Fran will be missed by wife, Arliss, with whom he was blessed with more than 66 years of marriage; two daughters, Sigrid (Tony) Peot and Suzanne (David) Miller, both of Sturgeon Bay; five grandchildren, Anna, Alex and Katie Peot, and Jacob and Rachel Miller; two sisters, Sandra Hansen of Green Bay and Sonja (William) Polster of Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Betty Everson of Seymour; other relatives; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Leif Everson; brother, Allen Everson; brother-in-law, Jim Hansen; and other relatives.    

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 pm, at Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, with Pastor Peter Mannoja of Tanum-Forest Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Military Honors by the United States Army, AMVETS Post 51, VFW Post #3088 and American Legion Post 72 will follow at the church. Fran will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery.

Visitation will be Nov. 9, 11:30 am – 12:50 pm, at the church.

Memorials may be given in Fran’s name to Crossroads at Big Creek or any veterans’ organization.

“Our family would like to express our thanks to the staffs of Anna’s Healthcare and Unity Hospice for their care given to Fran and our family.”

Huehns Funeral Home and Door County Crematory in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Francis can be shared through his tribute page at A video tribute is also available at that website.

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