Michael  Evitts


Michael T. Evitts, 67, of West Des Moines, formerly of Ottumwa, died at 7:30 a.m. September 5, 2019 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines.
He was born March 10, 1952 in Davenport to Robert W. and Patricia Hilliard Evitts. He married Kay Shirley in 1982 in Rock Island, IL.
A 1970 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Michael holds a BA in Accounting from Buena Vista College and an Executive MBA from the University of Iowa.
Michael started his career with John Deere in 1972 as a machinist, moving into management roles in Ottumwa, Horicon, WI, Brazil and Augusta, GA. While with John Deere he chaired the company's business council of manufacturing operations in Brazil, Mexico, India, China, Italy and Germany. Michael retired from John Deere in 2005. He then went on to become COO of Husky Injection Molding in Toronto and Luxembourg for three years, fully retiring and moving back to Iowa to be closer to family.
Michael enjoyed spending time with his grandsons watching them participate in various sports. When Michael, and his wife, Kay, were not in Iowa they spent time living in Las Vegas where he enjoyed the weather and playing blackjack.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; three sons, Robert (Bethany) Evitts of Urbandale, Marc Shirley of Eddyville and Derrick Shirley of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, Tanner and Austen Evitts; his mother, Pat Evitts; four brothers, John Evitts of Ottumwa, Daniel (Jane) Evitts of Schaumburg, IL, Christopher Evitts and David Evitts, both of Evans, CO: two sisters, Kathy (Craig) Williams of El Paso, TX, Anne (Mike) Wilkinson of Crystal Lake, IL; a sister-in-law, Joy Bramschreiber of Bloomfield; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Evitts and a son, Kevin Shirley.
His body has been cremated.
Graveside services and inurnment will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating.
Visitation with the family present will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley Life Hospice in Des Moines.
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Published on September 6, 2019
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William Johnson
Sep 08, 2019
My condolences to all of the Evitts families. It is clear that Mike had a great impact in his adult life, and I know from our friendship while growing up in Ottumwa he could always be counted on to support family and friends.
Shirley Bauman Davis
Sep 07, 2019
My sincere sympathy to Mike's family.
So sorry to hear of his illness and passing.

He was my first supervisor as a John Deere employee, and a really good one. I enjoyed working for him.

Definitely one of the nicest people I've known.
Travis Micheal Youngblood
Sep 07, 2019
You will forever be in my Heart. You will always be considered in my heart s my true dad, you were always there for me and you always had time to spare. Just like Uncle John said you are a hero and to my you were larger than life. You gave me the best brother I could have ever asked for. I am truly going to miss you for the rest of my life. I'm really going to miss that amazing smile and the swagger that went with it. I love you and will miss you the rest of my days.
Sherry Richmond
Sep 07, 2019
Kay,so sorry to hear of Mikes death. May the comfort of friends help you at this difficult time.
Susan Lumsdon Blunt
Sep 06, 2019
My condolences to the Evitts family. Praying for their comfort during this very difficult time.
Travis & Yvonne Youngblood
Sep 06, 2019
Our deepest condolences; May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief,
Roxana Darner Maggrah
Sep 06, 2019
Kay and family. So sorry for your loss. May prayers be with all of you to remember the good times.
Roxy Darner Maggrah
Milk River, AB, Canada
Sep 06, 2019
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