Obituary: Evan L. Tourdot

Evan L. Tourdot, age 87, of Reedsburg, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2023 at the Reedsburg Area Senior Life Center with his wife of 66 years by his side. He was born on February 25, 1936 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, the son of Leo and Glee (Bryan) Tourdot, one of twelve children. Growing up on the farm outside of Reedsburg, which still remains in the Tourdot family, he learned many life lessons that instilled a strong work ethic and family importance. On November 9, 1957 he was united in marriage to Betty C. Denzer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Father Kiernan. This marriage was blessed with six children. The house he built in 1963 was where he and Betty set up house to raise their family, and they made many memories doing so. In later years, Evan enjoyed sitting out in his garage as weather permitted, with Betty by his side, in their recliners in the garage doorway, watching the traffic and waving to those who blew their horn. When the weather didn’t agree, you could find them sitting next to each other in their recliners in the kitchen.

Evan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard, enlisting at age 19. He went to Fort Lewis in 1960. Evan worked hard to climb the ranks and finished his military service as an E-7. He was so very proud to be able to go on the Badger Honor Flight with his son David on November 4.

Working through the years at Skinner Transfer Corp as a mechanic, he made many friends. After retiring from Skinner’s, he moved on to True Value where he enjoyed helping people find whatever they needed. And, lastly, he continued working at Viking Village where he carried out groceries for many years, with final retirement at the age of 81.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg, serving the church throughout the years as an usher for the early Sunday services, and the St Vincent de Paul Society with pick-ups of donations on Thursday nights with his lifetime friends Tom Scanlon and Don Gabelt. Many stories were told at his weekly get togethers after “pick-up”. Even when he was done with volunteering for SVDP pick-ups, his Thursday nights continued, where everyone and anyone could stop by, and many people did. He thoroughly enjoyed company, visiting and get-togethers through the years.

Evan was a fine collector of many unique things through the years and proudly displayed his collections for all to enjoy. Many folks would bring him items to add to his collections, or maybe even get him started on collecting something new. He always had a story to tell, and most generally started it with “Let me tell ya a little story…”. He was a lover of all animals, having so many pets through the years, ranging from dogs, and cats to even squirrels. His little dog Sparky will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elaine at the age of 11, brother Glen in 2008, brother-in-law Roger Miller, sister-in-law Carolyn Schanke, brother-in-law Larry Schanke, sister-in-law Carol Denzer.

Evan is survived by his wife, Betty; children, David (Linda) Tourdot, Danny (Michelle) Tourdot, Laurie (Harold) Steele, LaVonne (Mike) Parkhurst, Dale Tourdot, and Darren (Dana) Tourdot; 14 Grandchildren: Matthew Tourdot, Mandi Schroeder, David Jr (DJ) Tourdot, Lucas Tourdot, Travis Tourdot, Ben Stromberg, Nathan Stromberg, Rachael Murray, Sean Shanahan, Ryan Stenner, Derek Tourdot, Alfie Tourdot, Tyler Tourdot, & Royce Tourdot; 22 Great-grandchildren: Dustin, Renee, Peyton, Wyatt, Matti, Aiden, Monroe, Elliot, Trinity, Mae, Ripley, Erika, Aubrey, Lynden, Everly, Shelby, Mia, Avery, Cooper, Marcie, Dean & Evelyn; 4 Great-Great grandchildren: Bowden, Brynley, Isla & Ivy; siblings; Bonnie (Gale) Walker, Joy (Jim) Greenwood, Julia (Howard) Phillips, Harland (Leslie) Tourdot, Gloria (Dennis) Burkholz, Leo (Donna) Tourdot, Gary (Marsha) Tourdot, Brenda (Dean) David, Larry Tourdot; brother-in-law Phillip Denzer; and sister-in-law Helen Tourdot.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Evan will be conducted at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, December 22, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service. Burial with military rites will be held at the Butterfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local humane society would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank the Reedsburg Area Senior Life Center for care given, and for welcoming him into their family even before he resided there.

The Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg, is assisting the family.