James E. Evans, 75, proud Marine, Vietnam Veteran, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children at the VA Valor House on July 25.
He was born in Covington, IN on July 30th 1946 to Oscar Everett Evans Jr. and Blanche Bowers Wilkey. He graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1964 and served in the U.S Marine Corp from 1966-1968.
He married Sondra Wallace on August 17th, 1968 in Danville, IL. She survives. He worked for Olin/Flexel and was a hard-working and dedicated employee for 33 plus years, working up until its closure. He then drove a semi cross country until his retirement. He was a volunteer fire fighter for the Veedersburg F.D. for many years. He also enjoyed coaching summer little league baseball and coached multiple first place teams. His retirement brought him a love of working in his yard while taking care of his beloved fur babies, Moonie, Copper, and Bubby.
He is also survived by two daughters, Missy Duncan (Mark) of Kingman, Shelly Keeling (Dan Moore) of Carmel; one son, Scott Evans (Matt Pitts) of Noblesville, and bonus son Kevin Taillon; four grandchildren, Layne Varner (Quentin) of Veedersburg, Kate Duncan of Lafayette, Seth Keeling of Nashville TN, and Kristian Bear of Noblesville; One great-grandson, Grayson Alan James Varner.
He has 2 surviving sisters, Marlene (Greg) Lighty of Veedersburg, and Marilyn (Doug) Martin of Florence, KY, and special sister-in-law Debbie Swingle of Veedersburg. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and great neighbors whom he cherished, Sam and Marianne Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother that meant the world to him, Bruce Swingle, and Son-in-law, Jason Keeling whom he loved dearly.
Jimbo or Jimmy as he was known to most, loved his family with all of his heart and was tremendously proud of his children and grandchildren. He relished in providing the life for his family he wished he had. He was loved and will be dearly missed. While he could have a tough exterior, there was no one with a bigger heart or better intentions than Jim.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to CFL Rescue, c/o Staci Payton 141 South River Rd, Covington, IN 47932; or to any U.S Veterans charity of their choice.
Funeral service will be 6:00 PM Friday July 29, 2022 at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg with Pastor Tim Lyons officiating. Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM Friday July 29, and continue until the time of service. Burial will be at Rockfield Cemetery near Veedersburg, with military honors provided by the US Marine Corps and American Legion Post #288. Online condolences at www.dickersonfuneralhome.com