John M. Evans, 89, died at 12:30 p.m. May 8, 2013, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Chase, Mich., to James R. and Nellie J. Mohr Evans, who preceded him in death. On April 11, 1947, he married Gwen M. George, who died Dec. 4, 2007.
Mr. Evans had been a rural mail carrier in Venedocia and Delphos, had worked at National Seal, Van Wert, and had been a farmer. He had served as a clerk for York Township in Van Wert County. He was a member of Salem Presbyterian Church, Venedocia. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946 with the 65th Infantry in the European Theater under General George H. Patton. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and several other medals and ribbons. He was a member of American Legion Post 178, Van Wert, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772, Spencerville, and the Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include three children, John C. (Jeanette) Evans, of Lima, Margaret (Doug) Snyder, of Cincinnati, and Jean L. Evans Graboski, of Texas; a brother, William B. (Nancy) Evans, of Van Wert; two sisters, Bertha (Von) Now, of Massillon, and Joann (Robert) Wilkins, of New Knoxville; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Rachael) Evans, Joshua (Jamie) Evans, Justin (Amanda) Evans, Sara (Joshua) Brittingham, Amanda Snyder, Derek Snyder and and Ross Graboski; three stepgrandchildren, Julia (Matthew) Clark, Jennifer (Eric) Garver and Jessica (David) Roller; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James D. Evans, who died in World War II, and two sisters, Nellie Kuhman and Sabina Lodge.
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. John Medaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 5803.
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Presbyterian Church Improvement Fund or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences may be expressed at alspachgear hart.com.
John M. Evans