David G. Evans, 85, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Granite City, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 19, 1929, the son of the late Roland D. and Violet L. (Slay) Evans. He married Catherine J. (Riggins) Evans on March 12, 1971, in Granite City and she survives.
Dave worked at A.O. Smith in Granite City, retiring as a maintenance superintendent in 1991 after 37 years. He also served with the U.S. Marine Corps. Dave had an avid love for cars that began at an early age with him operating his own gas station at the age of 18. It led to him working as a mechanic for the Marines and being able to identify the make, model, and year of almost any car. This mechanical aptitude aided him for years in his job at A.O. Smith. Dave was involved with bowling leagues and tournaments from the late 1950s through the 1960s. He later engaged in competitive trap shooting and hunting with friends. In his retirement Dave enjoyed home improvement and handy/craft projects with his wife, Cathy, of 43 years. The home they created was “grand central” for the entire family.
In addition to his beloved wife of 43 years, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Debbie Evans of Edwardsville; Paul Evans of Springfield, Mo., and Tim and Loretta Evans of Glen Carbon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Tim Bramstedt of Glen Carbon and Maggie and Paul Linden of Minneapolis; nine grandchildren, Brad Evans, Kyle Evans, Kameron Evans, Kassidy Evans, Sam Bramstedt, George Bramstedt, Frederick Bramstedt, Cora Linden and Monty Linden; his sister, Ruth (Evans) King of Walnut Creek, Calif.; other extended family and friends.
Dave touched many lives. Those who knew him are left with many memories. He was a loyal, loving and supportive friend, son, husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Terese (Kozielek) Evans.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at noon Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.