John Milton Evans, 92, of Greensburg, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at Aspen Place Health Campus. He was born at home in Decatur County on Aug. 17, 1924, to the late Glenn R. Evans and Elmira (Robbins) Evans.
John loved the Lord, his family, and his cattle business. He was proud of the seven generations of the Evans family of Decatur County. The Evans Family Farm was homesteaded from the U.S. Government in 1834.
He married AnnaBelle Friedersdorf on July 29, 1944. After sixty-one years of marriage and working together in their cattle business, she died on May 10, 2005.
In January of 2006, he married Betty Galloway. She died on Jan. 16, 2015.
John graduated from Jackson Township High School in 1942. He farmed his entire life and retired in 2012. He served his community through the Decatur County Fair Board, Decatur County Farm Bureau, 4-H Council, 4-H leader, FFA. Advisory Board, Westport Masonic Lodge, and as a Deacon of the Sardinia Baptist Church.
Governor Frank O'Bannon awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an Indiana citizen. John received the Certificate of Distinction by the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Association, which is based upon outstanding service to agriculture.
His other accomplishments and service include being named Decatur County Master Farmer and State Cattleman of the Year; the Decatur County Agriculture Hall of Fame award; presidency of the State Cattleman's Association; being featured on the front cover of Indiana Beef magazine; serving as cattle judge at shows; hosting many farm groups on his farm; and serving as guest lecturer for the Advance Farm Management class at Purdue's College of Agriculture. John also earned the Eagle Scout Award at age 16.
Survivors include his son, Larry M. (Carol) Evans, Westport; daughter, Teresa Ann Eloff, Lafayette; grandchildren, Jane (Clint) Harrison, of Greensburg, Jimmie Michael (Nikki) Eloff II of Libertyville, Illinois, Kate (Jared) Mann of Keller, Texas, Michelle (Brian) Blom of Lafayette, John H. (Krista) Evans of Westport; and seven great-grandchildren.
Besides his wives and parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Ellie Kate Mann.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport and one hour prior to services. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at Sardinia Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Rust officiating.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Sardinia Baptist Church, Aspen Place Healthcare Activity Fund or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.bassgasper.com.
Published on November 29, 2016