John Martin Nevius Jr. was born at home, corner of 5th street and Loomis, in Corning, Iowa on May 25, 1930 to Bertha (Gillet) and John Martin Nevius Sr. He passed away on October 16, 2018.
John was a lifelong resident of Corning and graduated with the class of 1948. He married Jean Pembrook Warner on June 26, 1965 and shortly thereafter adopted her two children, Jack and Joan. Jeffrey was born into the family in 1966.
John joined the Air Force in 1951 and served four years during the Korean War, most of which was spent in Germany as a draftsman.
After returning to Corning, John worked in several retail stores including Biggar’s Grocery, Dunham Drug and Turner’s Clothing. He eventually went to work for the National Farmers Organization where he was employed for thirty years until the NFO left Coring in 1990. John remained in Corning and eventually worked for the Corning Community Schools as a custodian for ten years retiring in 2001.
John was an active member of the Corning Christian Church, serving as an elder, deacon, worship leader and chairman of the board. He followed in the footsteps of his brother and father and became a member
of the Corning Volunteer Fire Department until he retired from the department in 2002 after serving for forty-three years. He was a Rotary member and a Paul Harris Fellow recipient. He was a faithful blood donor for many years.
John enjoyed working in his yard, spending weekends in the city and taking trips to visit children and grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife, Jean, sons Jack Nevius (Debbie Buffington) of Corning, Jeffrey (Chelsea) Nevius of Clermont, Florida and daughter Joan (Dan) Flesch of Duluth, Minnesota, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Don and Harold.