Allen C Evans
Allen C. Evans, 87, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2012, formerly of Merrillville, IN passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017. He was born April 23, 1929 in Delaware, OH to Francis and Alice Evans, now deceased.
Allen was known as “the great communicator”. He started his career as a radio broadcaster as a young soldier on AFN in Germany. Upon his return to the states, Allen married his “Barbie Doll” on February 14, 1953. His work took them throughout the Midwest, raising eight children along the way.
Allen and Barbara settled in Northwest Indiana in the early 60’s. They became very involved in the civic affairs of both the Gary and Merrillville communities. Allen’s work as a broadcaster at WWCA and WLTH allowed him to share his talents with many organizations. These included the Jaycees, Ambridge Little League, Gary Music Theatre, the United Way and chairman of the local Republican Party. In addition to supporting their community, Allen and Barbara were their children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fans. They cheered for many sporting events, stage plays, school programs, graduations and any other activity in which their family was participating. Somehow, he managed to fill his role as an Ohio State Buckeye super fan, often traveling hundreds of miles to see his beloved Buckeyes “drive down the field” in person.
Singer of songs, leader of rally cries, believer in dreams… Allen’s determination to help others was clearly evident. His beaming smile, firm handshake and twinkling eyes will always be remembered.
He is survived by his eight loving children, Gordon Evans of Cape Coral, FL, Deborah Evans of Indianapolis, IN, Laura (John) Ringland of Cape Coral, FL, Howard (Linda) Evans of Langhorne, PA, David Evans of (Owensboro, KY), Victoria Thanos of Valparaiso, IN, Daniel Evans of Ft. Myers, FL and Constance (Bill) Jenkins of Merrillville, IN; one sister, Margaret (Dick) Moore of Reno, NV; two brothers, William (Shelby) Evans of Wilmington, OH and Thomas (Sylvia) Evans of (Mechanicsburg,OH); 16 grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Charlie, Rebecca, Matthew, Joseph, Melissa, Marlee, Thomas, Payton, John, Jason, Joshua, Lauren, Sarah and Amy; 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, daughter-in-law, Linda Evans and his son-in-law, Mark Thanos.
A Memorial Service will be held 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Mullins Memorial, 1056 NE 7th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33909.
Memorial Contributions in memory of Allen C. Evans are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9220 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 223, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 or online at www.alz.org
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.