Evans, David F.
David F. Evans, age 83, a resident of Manitowoc, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his residence.
David was born on December 8, 1930 in Evanston, IL to the late Clinton and Kathrine Floyd Evans. He graduated from Evanston Township High School and completed his education by obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University. Upon graduating, Dave married Renee Klokner in Evanston, IL on June 5, 1952. He started working at Caterpillar Tractor Co., Peoria, IL. Dave left Caterpillar to serve in the United States Army Infantry Division during the Korean War. He returned to Caterpillar and Peoria but later moved to New Holstein, WI working for Tecumseh and then to Manitowoc where he worked for Hamilton Manufacturing / American Hospital. He loved to work with his hands and making things. Dave took up stone cutting as a hobby and then used the lost wax casting process to create jewelry for the stones he had cut, designing all his own equipment and becoming a self taught jewelry designer using karat gold and sterling silver for his designs. The he found he needed an outlet for his jewelry. Dave left the 9 to 5 world and with his wife entered art fairs throughout the states of WI and MI where he won numerous awards for his creations. He took pride in his work. Dave enjoyed the friendships amassed over the art fair years with many artists and customers who have become lifelong friends. He also believed in his community - he was on the original board of the Maritime Museum. Dave was active and a past-president of the Lakeshore Humane Society, supporter of the Salvation Army for over 30 years and a life time member of the Manitowoc Zoological Society. He also was involved for many years with Woodland Dunes. In the past two years, he along with five others established the Animal Benefit Society to promote free spay and neutering to those unable to afford the procedure which he believed is the answer to overpopulation of animals that results in full animal shelter and animals having to be euthanized.
Survivors include Dave's wife: Renee; daughter: Helen (Robert) Lecker; two grandsons: Nathan and Andrew Lecker; also other relatives and friends. Dave was a very generous and kind man and will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, family and friends.
A Life Celebration Social will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Harrigan Parkside Gathering Center located on the south property of the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place at the Harrigan Parkside Crematory and Crematory and burial of Dave's cremated remains will take place at Washington Island, WI. Online condolences may be sent to www.harriganparksidefuneralhome.com
The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home & Crematory, N. 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dave's family would like to thank Shelly Olson, RN for her many kindnesses in Dave's hospice care.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any memorials to Animal Benefit Society, Woodland Dunes or the Salvation Army.
Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home & Crematory
628 North Water Street Manitowoc, WI 54220
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on June 5, 2014