John Nevins

John M Nevins

Sunday, May 16th, 1926 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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NEVINS, John M., 93, peacefully passed into eternal life on May 4, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio. John was born in Chicago on May 16, 1926, to Marvin E. and Marhon Nevins. He graduated from New Trier High School and entered the Navy. After returning from service he graduated from Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose Hulman) in Indiana in 1948 with a mechanical engineering degree. He married his wife Barbara (nee Whalen) in December 1951 in Chicago and soon moved to Philadelphia. In 1954 John and Barbara moved to Waukesha joining his brother at Wisconsin Centrifugal, Inc (now Metaltek, Inc). He retired after more than thirty years as Vice President of Sales.
John was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Merrill Hills Country Club, and the YMCA Early Birds Exercise Group. He served on the Waukesha City Zoning Board. In his younger years he enjoyed a brief career as a competitive speed skater. John participated in many longtime activities including golfing, restoring Model A cars, curling, and a weekly gin rummy game. He enjoyed spending time with his family. John organized regular extended family vacations including fondly remembered cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. John was a Packers fan. One of his great memories was attending the 1967 “Ice Bowl” in Green Bay with his son, Tom.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 60 years Barbara, his daughter Sue Ellen, and siblings Mary (Mimi) Hamilton and M.E (Bob) Nevins. He is survived by his children, Nancy (Tom) Gaudion of Ohio, Tom (Colleen) of California; grandchildren Amy (Matt), Diane (Tim), Jim (Lauren) and Lauren (Ryan); and great-grandchildren Charlie, Katarina, Dylan, Parker, and Meghan. He is further survived by numerous nephews, nieces, and longtime friends.
A special thank you to the staff of Avalon Square, The Carlyle House, and Hospice of Dayton for the care they provided to John. Memorial services will be held in Waukesha at a later date when family and friends can safely gather. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Catholic Memorial High School, Sue Nevins Endowment Fund, 601 E College Av, Waukesha, WI 53186, or St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S Hartwell Av, Waukesha, WI 53186. Online condolences for the family may be sent to
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Greg Budzien

Posted at 03:18pm
Condolences to all the Nevins Family! I knew John from Avalon Square where he often attended the Friday morning Eucharistic service I hosted. He was a good man with a GREAT sense of wit and humor. We laughed all the time, and I'd try to bug him and get under his skin so he could pretend to be an old curmudgeon and rail against me. It was hilarious and so fun. Sad to see his picture with the obits in The Freeman, but when I saw it, I knew I had to share this memory because he was one of the most memorable people I've known over the last 10 years that I've helped at Avalon. Was very sad when he moved to Ohio, because I knew our Eucharistic service and donuts and coffee afterwards would be more dull in his absence. It was too. God bless him and all who loved him! Look forward to seeing him again in Heaven where I'm sure he'll gimme a hard time like, "What the heck are YOU doin' here? You sneak in the back way?" It'll be a gas! :-) Love to all!

Tom Wilkie

Posted at 11:47am
Condolences to the entire Nevins family. "Mr. and Mrs. Nevins" were very dear friends of my parents and "Mr. Nevins" always, always, always took his time to say "hi" to me every time I saw him. He was genuinely interested in the conversation, too. I remember as a caddy at Merrill Hills, he always made sure I had someone to caddy for. I took my mom to Seven Seas for brunch a year or two ago, I don't remember if it was Easter of Thanksgiving, but when John Nevins came in, my mom and I both lit up. He was the same guy I'd known since I was a little kid.

Tom Wilkie
Pewaukee, WI

Bob Smickley

Posted at 11:08am
The are few people we encounter during on time on earth that leave such an indelible mark on us as John did for me. From the moment I first met him I recognized his intelligence, witty sense of humor, and kind human spirit. He was a mentor to me not only in business but how to live your life. John was a virtuous man, filled with love and respect; he was a servant leader. Truly a life well lived.

Bob Smickley

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