Elston E. Evans, 88, of Springfield, Ill., born Jan. 8, 1928, in Sefton Township, Ill., entered eternal life at 11:52 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.
Mr. Evans served in the U.S. Army then the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a packing specialist for the U.S. Government.
He loved camping, fishing. and hunting. He had a passion for American history, playing pinochle and using his hands to build things (MacGyver style). He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved his great-grandchildren. Elston was a member and officer of the American Legion Post 199 and served as an officer for the Bass Club. He attended Esic Baptist Church while in Edwardsville, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Pearlie Evans; his son, John; and two brothers, Gerald and Lyle.
Surviving are his wife, M. Maxine, nee Wall, Evans, whom he married on Feb. 25, 1950; three daughters, Valera Yazell of Springfield, Ill., Sheila Evans of Sacramento, Calif., and Marcia Evans of Olympia, Wash.; six grandchildren, Tabatha Yazell and Brent Yazell of San Francisco, Calif., Kristen (Bryan) Clow of Springfield, Ill., Jessica (Mike) Rogers and Ben Hidalgo (fiancee, Rhianedd Wynne) of Sacramento, Calif., and Lauren Evans of Austin, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Dylan, Stella and Harper Clow, Isaac and Eleanor Rogers and Hazel Cook; sister, Gwen (Elmer) Eberhart of Edwardsville, Ill.; several nieces and a nephew.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.herrfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, at Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Glen Carbon, Ill., with Larry Busch officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Ill.
SUNSET HILL FUNERAL HOME, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 9, 2016