MESA, Ariz. - Thomas R. Evans, 77, formerly of Piqua and Detroit, Mich., died at 7:03 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Jones Family Care Center of Mesa, Ariz. He was born Oct. 22, 1935, in Piqua, to the late Lee Andrew and Pearl Hattie (Dowty) Evans.
Survivors include a daughter, Tamara "Tami" (Steven) Knapp of Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, Thomas (Kelly) Evans and Terry (Roxanne) Evans, all of Gilbert, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Chris (Arlene) Evans of Piqua. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
Mr. Evans was a 1953 graduate of Piqua Central High School and served as a police officer
for South Lyon Police Department of Detroit, Mich. for 22 years. He was a United States Navy veteran
having serviced during the Korean War
. He enjoyed music from the Big Bands and solving jigsaw puzzles.
A service to honor his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with Major Robert Klenk officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Visitation will be from 12-1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3797 Summit Glen Dr., Dayton, OH 45449 or Hospice of Miami County Inc., P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com