Richard M. Evans Posted: 2017-12-02 08:58:21

Richard M. Evans

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Richard M. Evans, 88, of Huntley, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 24, 2017 at his cabin in Wisconsin.

He was born October 30, 1929 in Venedocia, Ohio, the son of Morgan and Mary (Grant) Evans. At an early age he moved with his family to Fort Wayne, Indiana where he was raised and educated. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country. He was united in marriage to Suzanne B. Howard on August 26, 1951. The couple made their home in Fort Wayne and later Toledo, Ohio, where he finished his degree in accounting at the University of Toledo. He worked in public accounting for a time and then joined the Crane Company where he was the Division Controller in Salem, Ohio and later was transferred to Lisle, Illinois. In 1969 the family moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin and he became the Vice President - Corporate Controller of the Trane Company, retiring in 1986. In retirement he served as a visiting professor for the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. They moved to Huntley in 2000 to be close to family. He co-founded Community Service Outreach, a volunteer program which organized Sun City retirees for Huntley School District 158. He loved baseball, the Chicago Cubs, golf, his grandchildren and time at the cabin in Montello, Wisconsin.

Richard is survived by his wife of 66 years, Suzanne; their 6 children, Mary Kay (Kim) Allen of Green Lake, WI, Paula Walsworth of Madison, WI, Nancy (Mike) Mortell of Cary, IL, Scott (Laura) Evans of Blythewood, SC, Jennifer (Bill) Pawlak of Huntley, IL and James (Dana) Evans of Madison, WI; his 13 grandchildren, Matthew, Lindsay (Brett), Amy (Russell), Brian, Gayle, Michael, Ashley (Alex), Jackson, Tyler, Jason, Joey, Megan & Allison; his 4 great-grandchildren, Evan, Sienna, Calvin and Hailey Morgan; special friend to Lexi Udchitz and Bessie Cherry. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Patricia.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. and the family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 22nd at the Marengo United Methodist Church, 119 E. Washington Street, Marengo. For more information please call 847-515-8772 or online condolences can be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com

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Dick & Gerry Groves 2017-12-03 16:26:40

We are so very sorry to lose Dick as a N.7 neighbor. He will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Sue & the whole Evans family!

Arleen Noel 2017-12-08 03:10:26

My deepest sympathy to Sue and family. I know Dick will surely be missed.

David Martin 2017-12-11 03:19:38

Sue, Scott, Jennifer, James, Mary Kay, Paula, Nancy, and family, I am sorry to hear this. I have fond memories of my time with Dick and all of you! I trust that you do too, and that we will all keep him alive in our hearts. Love, David

Dave Fredrickson 2017-12-17 13:58:51

I had the privilege of working with Dick early in my career at Trane in La Crosse, WI. He was a great mentor and taught me much that helped me throughput my 31 year accounting career. And like Dick, I am a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. So glad that both of us were able to see a World Series championship in our lifetimes. My condolences to all who knew and loved this fine man.

Stephanie Olson 2017-12-18 00:13:18

Jenny, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending love and prayers to all of your family during this time of sorrow. Love, Stephanie

Erik Bohlig 2017-12-18 02:20:55

I will always Remember my neighbor as a positive, enthusiastic, and caring. He and Sue raised a lovely family that he helped spread to the world. Bless you Mr. Evans. You were a great roll model.

Darcie Buckley Mihalovic 2017-12-18 02:32:19

Jenny and Jim - I'm just so sorry to hear about your Dad. I didn't get the chance to meet him, but to have such great people like you, he had to have been a great guy. I hope youre able to find peace and blessings in his life truly lived. ????

Dave Fredrickson 2017-12-18 03:05:19

I had the privilege of working with Dick early in my career at Trane in La Crosse, WI. He was a great mentor and taught me much that helped me throughput my 31 year accounting career. And like Dick, I am a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. So glad that both of us were able to see a World Series championship in our lifetimes. My condolences to all who knew and loved this fine man.

Mark Didier 2017-12-18 16:49:40

I'm a friend of Mike and Nancy (Evans) Mortell. I met Dick and Sue early on in our friendship. I believe I met most of the rest of Dick's family at Ashley's wedding in Galena. I've spent countless weekends over the years with Mike and other friends at the cabin near Montello, WI. Though we went for golf the trips were mostly therapeutic in decompressing from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. I believe Dick had this effect in mind for all of you when he decided to build this loving tradition. Even though there are many aspects of his life to cherish for this one I am most grateful. I am very sorry for your loss. May the memories and the celebration of his life help you through these difficult times!

Connie Ashley 2017-12-18 20:01:17

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Dave and Jeanette Woodruff 2017-12-19 20:26:12

Sue and family; You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jeanette and I have thoughts of the both of you at times working together at Wesley. Love, Dave and Jeanette

Lori (Lokken) Geary 2017-12-21 17:29:49

My very sincere condolences to you on the death of Mr. Evans. i worked for him at Trane Company for 10 years and admired him so as a businessman, scholar, and gentleman. He taught me many things over the years and I know he will be missed greatly by everyone. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Michael and Diana 2017-12-22 02:58:57

Our prayers are with all the family

Ken Bates 2017-12-23 13:10:15

I loved watching him stand so proudly at the Green Lake Memorial Day ceremony. His joy in seeing his daughter speak at the event beamed like sunshine.