WASHINGTON - Donald L. Evans, 67, of Washington, Ill., died at 12:28 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill., after a short and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on Nov. 27, 1945, in Aurora, Ill., to Robert J. and Alice M. (Wittry) Evans, he married Margaret Lucille "Lucie" DeVous on Aug. 12, 1972, in Ridgway, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Patrick Evans of Hudson; two daughters, Kristin (Mike) Techmanski of Bloomington and Jill (Anthony) La Penna of Chicago; two brothers, James (Sue) Evans of Aurora and Ronald Evans of Sugar Grove; and his stepmother Lorraine Evans of Plainfield.
Don was also a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren: Sylvia, Jonas, and Maeve Techmanski and Xavier La Penna.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary.
Don was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War.
He thoroughly enjoyed his career at Caterpillar Inc. for 37 years where he worked in management positions at the Aurora and Davenport, Iowa plants, retiring from the Mossville CAT facility as logistics manager in 2003. His dedication brought him back to CAT as a consultant for almost four additional years.
Don was an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, where he served as an usher. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Father John Menco Council No. 6707, the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Spalding Assembly, and the VFW Post No. 9016 in Washington. Don enjoyed golfing and fishing with all of his many friends and family and "running the roads" with Lucie and the kids.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington with recitation of the rosary at 6:45. Additional visitation will be one half hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Washington, where military rites will be accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Illinois Cancer Care in Peoria, or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Don's memorial website is available at www.deiters-funeralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.
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