Steven Evans

Friday, February 23, 2007

Steven Howard Evans, 38, of Jackson died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, following complications from a heart transplant.

He was born May 15, 1968, in Kirksville, Mo., son of James H. and Cathryn Phillips Evans. He graduated with the Class of 1986 at Gideon High School in Gideon, Mo. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of Order of the Arrow.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany with the 95th Military Police Company. He was assigned as personal bodyguard to General Louie, Supreme Commander of NATO Forces in Western Europe.

While on leave, he provided superior aid, rescue and recovery at the Ramstein Air Show disaster in 1988 and received Army Commendations for his efforts. After leaving the military Steve became a police officer with the city of Perryville, Mo. He became owner/operator of Port-A-Wash and Southeast Manufacturing. He was a deputy sheriff with the Perry County Sheriff's Department, and did contract bidding for Loyd Slinkard Painting Co. Inc. until disability forced him to retire. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Gideon.

He is survived by his parents, James and Cathryn Evans of Jackson; a son, Brock Evans and his mother, Cheri Harris of Jackson, a daughter and son, Whitley and Gavin Evans and their mother Marylyn Evans of Jackson; a sister and brother-in-law, Stacy and Bryan McCain and their daughter, Kayla, who called him "Uncle Teve," of Jackson; his fiancee, Crystal Cambron of Jackson; paternal grandmother, Leotta Evans of Hannibal, Mo.; maternal grandmother, Irene Phillips of Mendon, Ill.; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Virgil Robert Evans, Etta Maxine Evans and Bonnie Evans; maternal grandfather Lewis E. Phillips; a nephew, Blake William McCain; and cousin, Lori Evans Schneider.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Earl Donnie Dell officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by Missouri Honor Guard.

Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Memorial donations may be made to The Steve Evans Children's Trust Fund, American Heart Association, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Missouri Veterans Home, Hotel Hospitality House of Richmond, Va., or become an organ or blood donor.