Evans, Robert E.
Robert passed away January 21, 2018 in Byron Center surrounded by his family. Bob was born December 6, 1929, the son of Russell and Doris Evans. Bob proudly served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict, later he served in the Naval Reserves for twenty-two years. Bob was an Eagle Scout and worked many summers at scout camps, helping scouts to earn their merit badges. Bob graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from Western Michigan University and taught elementary students in Portage and served as elementary principal at the North School in Watervliet. Bob ended his school career in Caledonia where he was an administrator. He spent his retirement years woodcarving and he and his wife, Anna Mae, enjoyed camping and traveling to South Carolina. Bob loved big band music and spent many years playing the trumpet in various local bands. Bob is survived by his loving wife of sixty five years, Anna Mae (Lascheid) Evans; children: Steve Evans, Forrest (Donna) Evans, Marshall Evans, Becky Evans; daughters in law: Linda Evans and Sharla Evans. Bob was “Pappy” to grandchildren: Amie (Mike) Litteral of Middleville, Scott (Nicole) Evans of Ferndale, Brittany (Tulio) Guadalupe of Sweden, Taylor (Chad) Carney of Grand Blanc, Chelsea Evans of Chicago, IL, Kyle (Jessica) Evans of Charleston, SC; six great grandchildren: Harper, Oscar, Silas, Juniper, Scotland and Fionn. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Jack; a sister: Caryl; and a son: Russ. Bob’s family will receive friends, Wednesday, 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Gun Lake Community Church where his funeral service will be conducted Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11:00 AM, Rev. Mark Veldt, officiating. Private interment will take place in Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Thornapple Area Enrichment Foundation or Middleville Rotary will be appreciated. Please visit www.beeler-goresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Bob’s family.