Welcome to the memorial page for

Thomas C. Evert

January 12, 1935 ~ October 7, 2017 (age 82)

Thomas C. Evert of Sand Lake, 82, passed away on October, 7,2017 at his home on his beloved Baptist Lake after a lengthy fight with Parkinson's disease.  Mr. Evert was born on January 12, 1935 in Grand Rapids and grew up on the city's Southeast side attending Ottawa Hills High School. He graduated in 1958 from Michigan State University, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. He was an avid fan of  football, hockey, and basketball at MSU and  attended almost every home game for over 30 years.

After college, he served in the U.S. Army, followed by six years as an Army reservist.  He worked alongside his father, Martin C., at the family owned Richards Plumbing and Heating Supply in Grand Rapids, which he continued to operate after his fathers death. He expanded the business with operations in Kalamazoo and Holland, and was recognized by the Mayor of Grand Rapids for 50 years of  service to the Grand Rapids business community.  He also served as a board member of the American Supply Association, as well as a board member of the Omni network. 

In 1940 his parents built a cottage on Baptist Lake, where he swam, fished and boated, spending carefree summers on the back roads of Newaygo County. He wound up living in the scenic waterside retreat entertaining family and friends for many years.  An avid tennis player himself, Tom mixed his love for travel with his sport and made trips The Wimbledon Championships in London, as well as the US Open in New York. He spoke of both trips often with friends. He also attended many MSU bowl games, final fours, and  hockey tournaments. Community contributions included service on the Child Guidance Board, and over 50 years as head usher at Mayflower Congregational Church. He also served on its board of trustees and other committees.

He is survived by his sons Steven (Laurel) and Randy (Susie): sister, Marge Potter (Paul): grandchildren Lindsey Wendland (Andrew) , Daniel Evert, Carrie Evert, and Josie Evert: sister-in-law Liz Anderson, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by parents Frances M. and Martin C. Evert: wives Susan A. Evert and Judith E. Evert. 

Visitation is at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 on Thursday, October 12th from 6-8pm.  A  memorial service will be conducted at Mayflower Congregational Church, 2345 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 on Friday, October 13th, at 11 am. Donations are requested to the great team at Emmanuel Hospice at or Gibby & Friends vs. Parky, University Advancement Spartan Way, 535 Chestnut Rd, Room 300, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Emmanuel Hospice
2161 Leonard St. N.W., Grand Rapids MI 49504
Tel: 1-616-719-0919

Gibby & Friends vs. Parky
535 Chestnut Rd, Room 300, East Lansing MI 48824
Tel: 1-517-884-1067

 Service Information

October 12, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service
4291 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Memorial Service
October 13, 2017

11:00 AM
Mayflower Congregational Church
2345 Robinson Rd. S.E.
Grand Rapids, M 49506

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