Evelyn Lois Jagger, 98, Rochester, formerly of Silver Lake, passed away on May 15, 2022 at home. She was born May 29, 1923 in Silver Lake, Indiana to Roy C. and Elvah G. (Metzger) Kline.
After graduating from Silver Lake High School in 1941, Evelyn married William D. “Bill” Jagger the very next year on August 15, 1942. The two would welcome four children throughout their marriage and Evelyn would find her true passion in being the ideal mother and caregiver to her household. In 1966, Bill and Evelyn would purchase a hardware store in Silver Lake. The two owned and operated Jagger Hardware Store for 28 years before selling in 1994.
Evelyn was strong in her faith and always led her household spiritually. She was dedicated in 1923 at the West Eel River Church of the Brethren in Silver Lake and was a member until it’s closing in 2018. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Laketon and a 60-year member of the West Eel River Women’s Fellowship. Evelyn is described as having the patience of Job and always being there for her children. She was an incredible cook and enjoyed canning vegetables from her garden.
The loving memory of Evelyn Lois Jagger will be forever cherished by her sons, Larry W. (Faye) Jagger, Columbia City, and Dr. Michael J. Jagger, Mishawaka; daughter, Gaylo A. Goss, Rochester; brother, Robert (Joyce) Kline, Warsaw; sisters, Marilyn Haney, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Margaret Reed, Warsaw; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Thelma Butler. Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, Roy C. and Elvah G. (Metzger) Kline; husband, William D. “Bill” Jagger; one son, Phillip E. Jagger; daughter in law, Ramona Jagger; son in law, David Goss; brother, Joe E. Kline; sisters, Pauline Overly, Mildred Hill, and Opal Berry.
Family and friends may call Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Services will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary with calling one hour prior. Pastor Dan Gray will officiate.
A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held on June 26, 2022 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at her granddaughter’s home, 2281 East 300 North, Rochester, Indiana.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Evelyn Lois Jagger, memorials may be made to Laketon American Legion Auxiliary, 10140 N, Troyer Road, Laketon, Indiana 46943 or Fulton County Public Library, 320 West 7th Street, Rochester, Indiana 46975 or Kindred Hospice, 1476 West 18th Street, Rochester, Indiana 46975.
The family of Evelyn Lois Jagger has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.
American Legion Post 402
10140 North Troyer Road, Laketon IN 46943
Fulton County Public Library
320 West 7th Street, Rochester IN 46975
1476 West 18th Street, Rochester IN 46975