William R. 'Bill' Evans

William R. "Bill" Evans, 78, of Wabash, IN, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at 5:30 a.m.  at Wesleyan Healthcare in Marion.

Mr. Evans was a 1958 graduate of Wabash High School. He was a United States Air Force and U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was a retired Wabash city fireman, serving from 1969 to 1988. He was a member of the Wabash FOP, VFW Post 286, American Legion Post 15, a past squadron commander of the Civil Air Patrol, the Wabash Valley Retired Police-Fireman and a former member of the Hanna Masonic Lodge. He served on the Wabash County Liquor Board, the Wabash City Traffic Commission and the Wabash County Selective Service Board.

He was born March 29, 1940, in Wabash to Walter W. Evans and Lula Mae Ward Hartsell. He married Mary E. Kendall in Watseka, IL, on Sept. 13, 1974, and she survives.

Survivors include two sons, John (Keri) Evans, of Peru, and Brian (Janet) Evans, of Lagro; two brothers, Jerry (Shelby) Gray of Ward, of AR, and Terry (Tonnie) Evans, of Wabash; two sisters, Barbara (Roy) Green of Austin, AR, and Vicki (Bob) King, of Port Charlotte, FL; seven grandchildren, Madyson Evans and Natalie (Chris) Gibson, both of Wabash; Layne Evans, of Lagro; Nicole Lewis, of Fort Wayne; Daryn Yentes, of Nashville, TN; Morgan Evans, of Peru; and Lyndsie (Brian) Garrett, of Birmingham, AL; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Corbin Evans.

Calling is Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at 1 p.m., with the funeral service to follow immediately after at 2 p.m., at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash. Rev. John Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

Memorials are to the Wabash Fire Department.

The memorial guest book may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.