VILLAGE OF LAKEWOOD – Evans Demos Archos, 74, of the Village of Lakewood, passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 2010.|
He was born in 1935, in Valtetsi, Arcadia Greece, to the late Demos and Angeliki Eikosipentarchos.
Sponsored by his uncle, Nick Cocalas, he immigrated to the U.S. from Greece in 1955 to live his American dream. In 1958 he opened his first restaurant, The John Evans Restaurant, in Evanston, with his partners, his brother, Dean D. Archos, and cousin, John C. Cocalas. A few years later he saw an opportunity in the then-small community of Crystal Lake to open the John Evans Inn Restaurant and Banquet Facility, with his partner and brother, John D. Archos, and his wife, Demetra E. Archos. The John Evans Inn distinguished itself by becoming the premiere dining venue of the Northwest suburbs for decades. In 2001, the restaurant closed its doors after serving the community for more than three decades and was renovated and leased to Walgreen's Corp.
He passionately served his community on both business and community boards, including as past president and member of The Valtetsion Society; a 30-plus year member of the Lions, Mason and Shriners Clubs; past president and member of the McHenry County Chapter of the Restaurant Association of Illinois; established the Crystal Lake Shop-with-a-Cop Charity Program, which helps disadvantage children in his community; and co-founding member of Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church of Palatine and Saint Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, of Elgin. He most loved playing golf, traveling extensively and entertaining friends and family amongst his homes in Greece, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Lakewood.
His charm, wit, smile and the sparkle in his eyes never will be forgotten.
He was married for 42 years to his loving wife, Demetra E. Archos; he is survived by his two daughters, Angelique (Hicham) Archos-Solhi and Valerie (Ludwig) Archos-Beutel; his siblings, Dean (Paula) Archos, Maria (the late Panos) Bourlokas, Lee (Eugenia) Archos, Georgia (the late Andreas) Giannakopolous and John (Helen) Archos; his brothers-in-law, Athansios (Ekaterina) Mitrakos and Kostas (Anda) Mitrakos; his sisters-in-law, Panagoula E. and Panagoula A. Mitrakos; his late brothers-in-law, Evangelos Mitrakos and Andreas Mitrakos; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.
The visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church, 133 S. Roselle Road, Palatine. The Rev. Peter Balkas will officiate. Burial will follow in Crystal Lake Memorial Park, Crystal Lake.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McHenry County Police Charities, "Shop with a Cop" Program, P.O. Box 981, Crystal Lake, IL 60039; and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 11 S. La Salle St., Ste. 1800, Chicago, IL 60603-1344.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at davenportfamily.com. For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.