Ronnie “Chief” L. Eveans, 77 of Michael, died at 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at his home.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1938, in Reydell, Ark., and the late Millard W. Eveans and Cecille Browning.
After graduating from Civic Memorial, he furthered his education by obtaining his Bachelor Degree from SIUE and then his Master Degree from SIUC. He was also a past member of West Lake Country Club in Jerseyville.
Ronnie married Janet (Wilson) Eveans on Nov. 27, 1957, at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Bethalto. They were married for 58 years. Janet survives and resides in Michael.
Ronnie was a teacher at the Civic Memorial High School and owned Brighton Painting/Evco National. He retired in 1989 and moved to Montana. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed being a pilot, golfing, fishing, hunting and archery. He was also the Montana Archery Sr. State Champion in 1995.
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Belinda and Joey Koeing of Marion, and Jana Feeley of Alton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Rocky and Gina Eveans of Alton, Ricky Eveans of Moro, and Rodney and Kerrie Eveans of East Alton; 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Rocky Lee and Lea Eveans, Rachel Eveans, Ashley Cramer, Gregory and Kassandra Barbosa, Michael Calabrese, Kylee Eveans, Lacy Eveans, Megan and Nick Boelter, Jessica Feeley, Randi Eveans, Reese Eveans, and Brandie and Chris DeSherlia; eight great-grandchildren, Arah, Nariah, Kyson, Ryhlon, Dayne, Addison, Rolen, and Kennedy; one sister and brother-in-law, Craig and Merry Thierry; and two nephews, Max and Evan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepmother, Francis Eveans; one son, Randy Eveans; and three grandchildren, Ricky, Robbie and Amy Eveans.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fieldon.
Funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Fieldon.
Father William Hembrow will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Ghost Catholic School in Jerseyville or the Jerseyville Public Library.
The family would like to thank all the people at the Calhoun Nursing Home for the excellent care that was given to Ronnie over the past two years. We would also like to thank Blessing Hospice.
Following the burial in Brighton Cemetery, a luncheon will be served from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Alton Sports Tap Banquet Center.
Targhetta & Wooldridge Funeral Home in Brighton is in charge of the arrangements.