John Evans

John "Geveo" Evans, 60, of North Scranton, died at home on Christmas Eve. He is survived by the wife he adored for 34 years, Christina Williams Evans.

Son of the late Walter and Alice Walton Evans, Geveo was born in Scranton and never left. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1970, and honorably served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He later worked as a sandblaster at Tobyhanna Army Depot for 20 years before retiring. A 16 year survivor of heart transplant surgery, he was cited by his medical doctors as an inspiration to a generation of patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Geveo was rather active in his community, and he knew everybody. Everybody at the Polish Club, the St. Stephen's Booster Club and Murphy's Bar, which he also tended.

He was a die-hard Eagles and Phillies fan, coached his sons' Teener League baseball games at Weston Field, and was, himself, a pretty good second baseman for "the Oak" and "McGinty's" in the Scranton Tavern League, back in the 70s and 80s. When it came to music trivia, Geveo was the guy to call. The Allman Brothers rocked his world most of all. They say Geveo had more than nine lives. He was kind and generous, happy and lovable throughout them, to Chrissy, the kids, and his many friends. He truly was a North Scranton legend.

He is survived by two sons, Corey and Mark, both of Scranton; and a daughter, Molly and her companion, David DelGuercio, who John loved as a son, also of Scranton; three brothers, Walter and wife, Cathy, Scranton; Thomas and wife, Jane, Scott Twp.; and William, Clarks Summit; four sisters, Karen Freeman and husband, Billy, Scranton; Diane Coyle and husband, Jack, Scott Twp.; Betsy Powell and husband, Andy, Pittston; and Alice Guerin and husband, Bill, Pittston; a beloved mother-in-law, Joan Williams, Scranton; and many in-laws, nephews and nieces.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Colleen Evans.

The funeral will be conducted on Monday from the Edward Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., Scranton, with funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 320 William St., Scranton.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Memorial contributions may be made to Penn Transplant House, c/o UPHS Development Office, 3535 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 29, 2012