Marion "Red" M. Evans passed from this life to attend a very important meeting with the Lord on Jan. 5, 2013. He was 85 years old. Marion Evans was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He loved kids, animals, traveling, camping with friends, Cadillac cars, and motorcycles.
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Marion was born on July 24, 1927 at the Evans family farm in Clay County, Ind. near the town of Brazil, Ind. He was the fifth child of seven children born to Arthur and Rufina Evans. He had four older brothers Donald, Richard, William, Carroll, one younger brother Jack and a younger sister Madge.
Marion lived in Ind. until his family moved to Cuba, Ill. in 1941. He played football for the Cuba Cardinals and completed his high school education at Cuba High School.
He was a United States Army World War II veteran. He served in Japan from Oct. 16, 1946 through Feb. 17, 1947. He earned the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Marion was Honorably Discharged from the Army on Mar. 21, 1947. After returning home, he married Patricia M. Smith on Sept. 2, 1950.
Marion retired from General Motors Corporation in Marion, Ind. after 31 years of service as a Tool and Die maker. His career and handyman skills at home reflected his remarkable mechanical ability to build and repair just about anything. He volunteered a tremendous amount of time and effort to the Boy Scouts of America; the Marion High School Marching Band Boosters and was always ready to assist others in need. He could be easily identified by his red hair and his toothpick filled smile.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Patricia M. (Smith) Evans; sister Madge Weaver and husband Tim Weaver; daughters Pamela Evans and Sherry Evans-Carmichael (Jeff); son Kevin Evans (Karen); 4 grandchildren Eric Crump, Tia Carmichael, Emily Pantel (Jannis), Jonathan Evans (Cassandra) and two great-grandchildren Lina and Jamie Pantel; three sister-in-laws Sandra Palmer (Leon), Jean Evans (Jack) and Elizabeth Evans (Donald); six nephews Gary, Kent, David, Mark, Sam, Tim; five nieces Lissa, Joyce, Cindy, Janet, Sandy; numerous close family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his Mother Rufina and Father Arthur Evans and brothers; Donald, Richard, William, Carroll and Jack Evans; and a grandson Russell Carmichael.
Cremation took place at the De Vargas Funeral Home on Jan. 18, 2013. A memorial service to celebrate and honor his life will be held in Spring 2013 at the Cuba Christian Church in Cuba, Ill. Plans have not been finalized. A reception will follow the memorial service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in his name to your church or another special
The Evans Family extends a special "Thank You" to the Doctors, Nurses, and all other staff of the Los Alamos Medical Center for their kindness and support while Dad was so ill.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2013