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William Evans

d. June 27, 2014

MENDON, Ill. -- William E. "Bill" Evans, 81, of Mendon, died Friday (June 27, 2014) in his home in Mendon.

He was born Jan. 29, 1933, in Mendon, a son of the late Harry and Fannie (Taylor) Evans. He married Ruth Francine Smith on Dec. 24, 1953, in Colorado Springs, Colo., while serving as a corporal in the United States Army stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. She survives of Mendon.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Mendon and a 1950 graduate of Unity High School where he was a member of the FFA. After leaving the Army, he worked in the Research Department at Moorman Manufacturing and later owned Evans' Realty. He farmed in Mendon and was a strong proponent of sustainable agriculture and practiced it on his farms. He was also very proud of his livestock operation and received the Adams County Beef Producer of the Year award in 2008.

As a commitment to his community, he served as a member of the Mendon Lions Club, Mendon Village Board, Mendon Cemetery Board and was on the Mendon State Bank Board of Directors. He was a member of the founding class of the Mendon Area Volunteer EMTs and an active Member of Mendon Congregational Church. He was also a member of the Adams County Farm Bureau and a former Boy Scout Leader. Bill enjoyed boating and water skiing with the AMEN River Group.

In addition to his wife, Ruth, survivors include three children, Gary (Julie) Evans of Sycamore, Sue (Bernie) Woodworth of Mendon and Peggy Evans (David Bowden) of Cullowhee, N.C.; six grandchildren, Matthew Woodworth (Kendra Carter) of Ursa, Michael (Audrey) Woodworth of Loraine, Joshua (Jamila) Evans of Washington, D.C., Justin (Mary Margaret) Evans of DeKalb, Megan Woodworth (Jordan Bridgeman) of Quincy and Lauren Evans (Broderick Smith) of Atlanta; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Joshua Jr., Charlie, Benden, Will, Juliet, Olivia and Charly; three sisters, Lucille Tallcott of Ruidoso, N.M., Dolores (Bill) Duncan of Fowler and Nancy (Bill) Gillenwater of Sebring, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Pat Evans, of Mesa, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Evans and Gene Evans; and two sisters, Dorothy Shriver and Lois Williams.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, in Mendon Congregational Church with Pastor Dennis Gartung conducting. Interment with Military Honors will be in Mendon Cemetery.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the Hunter Funeral Home, Mendon.

MEMORIALS: Mendon Congregational Church or Donor's Choice.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hunter Funeral Home.


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