Funeral services for Charles E. Evans Jr., 88, were held April 13, 2012 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside Calif., where he was awarded military honors.
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Charles Earl Evans Jr., the son of Charles and Edith Evans was born at his parents' home in Audubon on Oct. 11, 1923, and died at his home in Riverside, Calif., on April 8, 2012 at the age of 88 years, 5 months and 26 days.
During his high school years, he worked a variety of jobs delivering groceries, working at a service station and hauling chickens for a local company.
He served in the local National Guard Unit for a year until they discovered he was below age. However, later in June of 1943, he enlisted in the Army and entered active duty July 3, 1943 at Camp Dodge.
After basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif., he departed overseas on Dec. 17, 1943 and participated in the New Guinea and Southern campaigns. He returned to the U.S. Jan. 9, 1946, and was discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as a sergeant.
In February of 1947, he went to California to work for Hansen-Gully Lumber Co. in India, Calif., and later in 1947, transferred to Hansen-Gully in Riverside, Calif. He remained there until 1974, during which time he married his wife, Margaret Mae. In October of 1974, he moved to Riverside Lumber where he remained until he semi-retired in 1990.
During this time, he and Margaret raised three children. She passed away in 1989.
His children include: Linda (Granthem), Scott (Charlotte), and Rebecca Evans and three grandchildren: Jason Granthem, Jennifer Plinket and Raylene Seiber and nine great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Evans of Honolulu, Hawaii and his brother, Richard Evans (Margaret) of Audubon and five nephews and three nieces.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Apr. 27 to May 4, 2012