Paul Joseph Everson, 58, of Madison, Wisconsin passed away on Mother's Day, May 14, 2017 after a long and difficult condition.
Paul was born on December 25, 1958, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. He attended St. James Elementery School and graduated Madison West High School in 1977.
Paul worked as a foreman on a painting crew when, in 1986, was dealt a crap sandwich in life and sustained injuries from a bicycle accident that left him with the challenges of being a quadriplegic. Paul worked very hard to overcome his physical challenges and was a model of courage for his family and friends. To help him transition to a new way of moving throughout life, he enrolled in the Adapted Physical Education class at U.W. Madison, created and taught by Tim Gattenby. Tim was excellent in motivating and challenging Paul to reach beyond his perceived limitations. Tim exposed Paul to learning opportunities and experiences that Paul would not have had, if not for Tim and the Adapted Physical Education class. The family appreciates the training and inspiration he gave to Paul.
Paul was a big NASCAR fan along with the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Cubs and enjoyed watching them with his gang of friends. Rick P and Paul watched the games together regularly.
Paul also enjoyed playing cards and hunting with the boys. He especially liked camping outings with the Wisconsin River Pirates, Tony, Rob, Roger and all.
Paul is survived by: Daughter Jessica (Alex) Smith; Brother David (Sandy) Everson (Madison); sisters Carla (Richard) Bartelme (Verona); Linda Everson, Sauk City; Christine Everson-Matson (Terry); Laura Everson, Mt. Horeb; Susan Everson (Fitchburg); Mary Everson (Madison); his aunt Ruby (Richard) Beyler, Monona; Special second cousin (more of a sister) Carol and Ken Blum (Spring Green); Grandchildren Roman and Luna Smith, Madison; nieces Sarah Everson (Minneapolis, MN); Anna and Vanessa Everson of Madison; nieces Dana and Hayley Matson (West St. Paul, MN); Special nephew Dustin Bartelme and his children Lily and Logan (Brooklyn); and the Beyler, Hellenbrand, and Droz Cousins.
Paul is preceded in death by his mother Elaine Everson and father Carl Everson; maternal grandparents, Edward and Odelia Beyler and fraternal grandparents Charles and Otelia Everson.
The family is grateful to the dedicated professional medical staffs of St.Mary's, UW, and Unity Point Meriter Hospitals, and Tim Gattenby of the UW Madison who all had a hand and heart in Paul's life.
Family and friends may visit at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00am until the time of prayer service at 1:00pm officiated by Brother Edward. Paul will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery.
Regrets, I did not know Paul; however, I knew of him through his sister Susan (Z). I was sorry to read about the passing of Paul. I wish to extend my sympathy to the entire Everson family. Barb Foulk
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family.
So sorry to hear about Paul's passing. I was able to visit with him a few times at the Middleton clinic. Al and I had wonderful memories of Paul at Dudley's and Mr. Bobs. My prayers are with Paul and his family.
Rest in peace Paul. Our prayers are with you and the family.
Ken and Carol
I am sad to have just found out about Paul's passing. I extremely proud to be mention in the obituary. I do however need to say that Paul's participation in UW adaptive sports and fitness was a two-way street. Over the years during Paul's participation he helped train hundreds of physical therapists physical educators and occupational therapist. His way of looking at life and adventure was one that inspired a whole new breed of professionals in the health field simply by his personality character and continued efforts to still enjoy the outdoors in all the things that he loved to do. He was a fighter and served to therefore inspired UW students to treat people with a disability with respect and individualization that went far beyond just activities of daily living. I also need to thank Paul for the hunting experience he and I shared for which I will forever be grateful and always mindful of his mentorship to me about Whitetail deer hunting. I am currently still out of the country this week and I will not able to attend the ceremony of Paul's life. My deepest condolences to Paul's family and friends.
our prayers are with the family. paul was a great friend and maney memories of a great group of friends at the rustic and dudleys...
I remember Paul and the Everson family from my days at St. James. I was saddened to read the news about Paul. My prayers go out to the Everson family.
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