John J. Revers
June 24, 1924 – March 31, 2019
Age 94. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Kris and Wayne Simerly, Melissa and Randy Lorenzen; grandchildren: Austin and Hannah Simerly, Nate, Emily, Kaitlyn and Josh Lorenzen; sisters, Virginia Green and Genevieve Jadlowski; many nieces and nephews.
John was born in Omaha and was a graduate of Omaha South High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted into the Army at the age of 19. He served in World War II in the South Pacific and the Philippines and was awarded many medals of honor including the Purple Heart.
He married JoAnne Bittner on June 13, 1953 and enjoyed 60 years of marriage with her before her passing. Together, they enjoyed traveling and time with friends and family.
John retired after more than 30 years from Union Pacific Railroad where he worked as a switchman and brakeman.
When not working, John could be found in his massive garden, where he always produced way more than one family could use, but that was part of his joy of gardening, sharing with others. He was proud of his garden and the neighborhood they lived in. He truly enjoyed all of his neighbors and was always there to offer help, tell a story, lend a tool, or give advice.
For years and years, he enjoyed his Sunday “meetings” at Dinker’s Bar where he met each week with lifelong friends and relatives. They always said they went to “solve the world’s problems.” He had the best humor and enjoyed telling stories about his life.
John was a great and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. His kids and grandchildren were so important to him and he was always interested in how they were doing and always encouraged them. The past three years he lived at Brookestone Village, where he had great caregivers who also enjoyed his stories and his smile.
John was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnne Revers; parents, Joseph and Frances (Gozka) Revers; sisters, Mary Kay, Joanne, Sr. Joella, Sr. Regina Revers and Regina Jamrozy; and brother, Al Revers.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. SERVICES: Friday, April 5th at 9:30am, West Center Chapel, to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2110 S. 32nd Ave, for MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am. Interment at Calvary Cemetery following Mass; military honors by American Legion Post 373. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.