John Anton Paver passed away at the home he shared in St. Joseph, WI with his long time partner Pamela Greer on Monday, August 9, 2021 after a long battle with multiple health conditions. He was 75.
John was born on June 25, 1946 in Hibbing, MN. While he had a challenging childhood and adolescence, he would be quick to recount the great times (and great trouble) he had or would get into with his buddies growing up. He proudly served in the Armed Forces, and would often reminisce about his time overseas or defending Duluth.
When John returned home from the military, he found his calling as a salesman, working many different jobs before eventually becoming a business owner, taking ideas and crafting a business model around them…something he was proud of and never stopped doing right till the end. Incredibly, he balanced his business ventures with raising a son as a single father. Instead of complaining or letting the burden get in the way, he would bring his son (Raoul) to the office with him at an early age, putting him to work and bringing him on sales calls.
John was a consummate showman and storyteller. He had a way with words and would pull you into any of his tales with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was also a man of large appetites, and would dive into a new hobby with relentless passion. When he was younger, his pastimes included hunting, riding motorcycle, skiing, and running. As he slowed down, his hobbies steered toward woodworking, reading, shooting, rock collecting, and dogs.
While he could be challenging at times, you always knew where you stood with John. He was as candid and forthright as they come and is sorely missed by those that were lucky enough to be touched by his colorful personality. He always did the best he could and would never quit.
John is survived by his loving partner Pamela Jane Greer; his son Raoul (Laura) Paver; and his granddaughters Alexa Eva Paver and Stella Angeline Paver.