John William Evans, 37, of the Lee Park section of Hanover Township, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, after a brief illness.
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Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 18, 1975, he was a son of William Delworth and Linda Carol Holton Evans of Hanover Township.
He was a graduate of Hanover Area High School, where he was a member of the football team.
John was a veteran of the National Guard, having served as a sergeant with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery. He served in Germany during Operation Enduring Freedom.
After his military service, John was employed as a corrections officer by State Correctional Institute at Dallas.
A man of faith, John was a member of St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He was always willing to help with a church function and especially enjoyed volunteering for the church bazaar.
He was also a member of the St. Conrad's Society, Wilkes-Barre.
John was a devoted father. He coached his daughter Ashley's softball team in the Wilkes-Barre Girls Softball League and coached his son Zackery's team at Lee Park Little League. He was a Cub Scout leader for both sons, Zackery and Nicholas.
He was very devoted to his faith. He was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife and children. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan.
John always enjoyed helping other people.
Even in John's passing, he continues to help others by being an organ and tissue donor.
John was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Holton; paternal grandparents, William D. Evans Sr. and Frances Evans; and Betty Stash, his wife's grandmother, with whom he had a special bond.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Tara Marie Trzcinski; his sons, Zackery John Evans and Nicholas Michael Evans, both at home; daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Evans, at home; brother, Christopher James Evans and wife, Heather, Exeter; maternal grandfather, Richard Holton, Tunkhannock; mother-in-law, Betsy (Boots) Trzcinski, Wilkes-Barre; father-in-law, Tony Trzcinski, Plymouth; sisters-in-law, Karen Trzcinski, Wilkes-Barre; and Michelle Stine and husband, Dale, West Pittston; nephew and godson, Dalin; nephew, Anthony; niece, Madison; goddaughters, Hailey and Kaitlyn; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment with military honors will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Anyone attending the Mass is asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
To send John's family words of comfort and friendship, please visit bestlifetributes.com.
Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
465 Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013