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1936 - 2013
Evert Asjes III died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was 77. A lifelong Kansas City resident, Evert treasured all good things about His Town, including the Royals, Chiefs and every persuasion of BBQ. He was better than Google maps about giving good directions and loved to expound on the city's landmarks and history. Evert also valued and appreciated his tenure on the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council during which he chaired the Finance Committee and the Housing & Community Development Committee. He is a past chairman of the City Plan Commission, the Citizens Association and the Center School District Board. He supported many community nonprofits, including Marillac Center for Children, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Powell Gardens. Born June 6, 1936, to Kathryn Duncan Asjes and Evert Asjes Jr., he was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Pembroke Country Day School for Boys (class of 1954) and received a degree in landscape design from Kansas State University in 1958. Evert was the third generation of his family to run Rosehill Gardens, which was established by his grandparents (immigrants from Holland) in 1914. He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunt, Catharina Asjes; his brother, Hugh Duncan Asjes; and son, Stephen Manion Asjes. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Susan Tatman Asjes, two sons, 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and Anne Manion Parkhurst, the mother of his sons. Survivors include son, Evert Asjes IV (Skip) and his wife Linda and their children, Katrina Asjes Hawthorne (Clint), Paul Evert, Kelsey Anne and Lauren Alice Asjes; daughter-in-law Cari Asjes-Lile (John) and sons Caleb Isaac and Aaron James Asjes; and son, David Christopher Asjes and his wife, Katherine, and their children: Nicholas Patrick, Julia Anne, Cornelia Kathryn, Lewis Stanley Manion, Peter James, and Margaret Esther. His great-grandchildren are Isaiah Asjes, Finn Ross and Theo Alan Hawthorne. Evert was one of the world's loveliest human beings, quick with a smile, a joke and a laugh. A favorite bon mot was "I've been about as good as I can be for about as long as I can be." He enjoyed life tremendously and hated leaving the party. He will be remembered and mourned and missed. Visitation will be Friday, November 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Stine and McClure Chapel, 3235 Gillham Plaza. A celebration of Evert's life will be Saturday, November 30, 2 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza D.W. Newcomer's Sons Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematories.816-931-7777 www.stineandmcclure.com
Published in Kansas City Star from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2013
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