Robert J. "Zeb" Evans, 87, of Scranton, died Wednesday evening. His wife of 55 years is the former Frances Daczka.
Born March 23, 1927, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Hayden and Marie Zeller Evans. He was a 1944 graduate of West Scranton High School, where he had the distinction of being the only pitcher to attain an undefeated high school record. He served in the U.S. Navy
as a storekeeper, earning the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon and World War II
Victory Ribbon. After returning from the service, he continued to pursue his love of baseball, playing in the Scranton Association pitching for the Dodge Boosters, where he had a three-year record of 37 wins and two losses including a no-hitter when he struck out eighteen batters. He then played with the Greenwood A.C., where he had a record of 16-0. He played pro ball for the Chicago Cubs in Clinton, Iowa, until 1951 when he left baseball to pursue a career in the railroad industry. Beginning in 1946 with the DL&W Railroad, he continued his railroad career working for the Erie-Lackawanna, Conrail, until retiring in 1985 as Master Mechanic with Northeast Rail. While working, he served as the Assistant General Chairman for the Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen. He was a 52-year member of the American Legion, where he served as Adjutant for 10 years of Post 920, a Deputy Commander of American Legion District 11, and a lifetime member of the DAV and VFW
. He was also a member of the Ukrainian Club and the Tauras Club. He served as Treasurer for Citizens Concerned About Taxes and was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. He enjoyed baseball, bowling, woodworking and gardening.
Also surviving are three daughters, Rosemarie Yaeger and husband, Leo; Sandra Seymour and husband, Ted, both of Scranton; and Ann Taylor of Dunmore; three grandsons, Brian and Jason Seymour, Matthew Taylor; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Evans; a sister, Jane Evans; son-in-law, John P. Taylor.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp., Pa.
Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
. Go to www.millerbean.com
for additional funeral information or directions.