Ralph Evans

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Ralph (Buck) Evans, a lifelong resident of San Antonio, Texas, went to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. He was a fiercely loyal, compassionate and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend who will be dearly missed. Born on February 4, 1926, to Alonzo Clyde Evans and Mildred Grace (Dromgoole) Evans, he was the youngest of nine children. During WWII, as part of the "Greatest Generation," he volunteered to serve in the Army immediately after high school graduation. His service included not only the Campaign in Central Europe, where he received the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge for his actions in combat, but he also saw action in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. After his military discharge, he returned to San Antonio and began his lifelong work in the plumbing trade. Working for a number of different plumbing companies, he performed in a variety of capacities as a foreman, estimator and superintendent, and achieved the level of Master Plumber. In 1969, Ralph started his own plumbing company, Buck Plumb and Heat, with his wonderful wife and companion, Charlotte, as his business manager, accountant and secretary all rolled into one. Over the next 20 years he had a variety of customers, and one of his major industrial accounts was the San Antonio Express-News. In 1989, when he decided to close the business, the Express-News knew what a valuable asset he was and hired him immediately. Having worked there for over 20 years, he had an extensive knowledge of their plumbing and piping systems and, as stated in the 1999 Express-News retirement tribute, "without Buck's detailed knowledge of existing and in some cases very old plumbing systems, the major renovation and construction projects that have recently been completed would have been delayed with probable cost implications." Buck enjoyed creatively fixing anything that needed it. His uncanny sense of design coupled with an outstanding mechanical aptitude kept him busily building, crafting and welding even during his last few weeks.

Buck was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Charlotte Evans, his parents, Alonzo and Mildred Grace Evans, brothers Robley (Bob), George (Tiny), Daniel and Russell Evans, sisters Helen Eanes, Gladys (Cootie) Wilke and Selma Hazel (Hattie) Kleinpeter. He is survived by his sister Lucille Marren of Hollywood, Florida.
Buck is lovingly survived by his children and their spouses, Barbara Hickok (James) of Lake George, Colorado, Jeanette Wyland (Stewart) of San Antonio, Dennis Evans (Kathy) of Baytown, Texas, Mary Ann Evans (Mike McNamara) of Great Falls, Montana, Cindy Scudder (John) of Neenah, Wisconsin. He is also survived by 14 adoring grandchildren and 4 beautiful great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a rosary to be recited at 5:30 P.M., at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 9:45 A.M. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3303 Urban Crest. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneral homesa.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 6301 Culebra Rd, St. Joseph Way, San Antonio, Texas 78238.

Published in Express-News on June 22, 2014
Ralph (Buck) W. Evans
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1701 Austin Highway | San Antonio, TX 78218 | (210) 828-2811
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