Ronald Clarence Evans, 93, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at his home in Jackson.
He was born March 23, 1923, in DeSoto, Missouri, to Vernon A. and Genevieve A. McCreary Evans. He and Dorothy Thayer were married in 1944. She passed away in 2006. In 1970, he married Audrey “Jean” Brown. She passed away in 2001.
Ron was a 1941 graduate of DeSoto High School. He then attended Central College in Fayette, Missouri. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on June 30, 1942, serving during WWII. In February 1944, he was commissioned a pilot and in March 1945, an aeronautical engineer. He was stationed state-side, at bases in Lubbock, Texas, Lowry Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Biggs Field, Texas. He was assigned to active reserve in March 1946 and inactive reserve in June 1954.
In 1947, Ron received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, and in 1950, a Master of Science in education, both from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg. In subsequent years, he worked to complete his doctoral in education, completing his course work in 1976, through University of Missouri, Columbia.
From 1947 to 1980, Ron taught school and was an administrator in the following Missouri schools: Butler; DeSoto; Caledonia; Bismarck; Bonne Terre; and Cassville, retiring in 1981.
His other affiliations include the Missouri Association of School Administrators; Missouri State Teachers Association; Southwest Missouri Association of School Administrators; Washington County Teachers Association (president 1955-1956); St. Francois County Teachers Association (president 1963-1964); Mo-Ark Division X of Kiwanis International (president 1970); Tryo Lodge # 12, AF&AM in Caledonia; Coperstone Chapter # 33, R.A.M. in DeSoto; Bonne Terre Council # 43, R & S M; DeSoto Commandery # 56, K.T.; and Altenthal-Joerns # 158 in Jackson.
Loving survivors include four daughters, Janette (David) Miller of Salina, Kansas, Judy (Ralph) Sharp and Carol (Darrell) Gallaher of Jackson, Kathleen (Kenny) Klemp of Farmington; three sons, Douglas Evans of Ottawa, Kansas, Richard (Lori) Evans of Freeman, Missouri, Michael (Deidre) Evans of Neosho, Missouri; a stepson, Ricky Evans, of Joplin, Missouri; 18 grandchildren, Roger, Ed, Kim, Jeff, Richard, Todd, Jennifer, Samantha, Erynne, Greg, Amanda, Angela, Devin, Jenna, Lauren, Hannah, Catherine, Emily; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Dorothy) Evans of Littleton, Colorado and Howard (Mary) Evans of Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives Dorothy and Audrey “Jean”; and a brother Jon Evans.
Friends may call Sunday, October 2, 2016, from 2 to 5 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, Missouri. At 4:30 p.m., the Altenthal-Joern’s American Legion Post 158 of Jackson will present an honor guard service.
Funeral service will be Monday, October 3, 2016, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Eric Coher officiating.
Interment will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri, with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post # 158 or Jackson Senior Citizens (Meals on Wheels Program).
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