SPRING VALLEY – John Oliver Evans Sr., 36 of Spring Valley, IL formerly of Springfield, IL was called home to our heavenly father on Sunday, May 3, 2009.
He was born on March 4, 1973, the son of Nancy Peidl Evans and William D. Evans, Sr.
Preceding him in death was his father William D. Evans, Sr.; grandparents John and Josephine Peidl; aunt Peggy Baker; uncle William Schuchardt; and cousins Billy Schuchardt and David Baker.
Surviving are his wife Kimberly Evans; and their three children Kailey Nicole Evans, John Oliver Evans, Jr. and William Joseph Evans; mother, Nancy Evans-Schaefer and husband Troy Schaefer; brother, William D. Evans Jr. and his son, William D. Evans III; sister, Amy Calvin and husband Jack, and their two children Jon and Lauren Calvin; grandparents, Oliver and Virginia Evans; aunt, Donna Schuchardt; mother-in-law, and father-in-law, Thomas and Rhea Chasteen; and brother-in-law, Darren Chasteen.
John was an OTR truck driver with his handle being slapshot. He accomplished his one million miles accident free. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was an avid fisherman, entering many tournaments throughout IL. His hobbies were his 4-wheeler, snowmobiling, gardening and camping with his children. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Blues hockey team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
He played organized hockey at Nelson Center from the age of six years old, and played semi-pro hockey in North Carolina for a period of time. His passion was God, his wife, children and family. He volunteered weekly at a food pantry in Spring Valley, IL. No one was a stranger to him. He would do anything to help his fellow man. His spirit lives within us, even though he has been called home to his Heavenly Father.
Visitation will be held at Staab Funeral Home 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2009, with funeral service at 6 p.m. Deacon Ben Hoefler officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Prairie Heart Institute or the John Evans Memorial fund for his children in care of Staab Funeral Home.