Richard Dean Evans, 78, of Diamond City, Arkansas, passed away peacefully April 13, 2022, surrounded by family. Richard was born September 11, 1943 in Aurora, Iowa, as the second son to Lawrence and Vera Evans. As a young boy, he enjoyed the outdoors and helping his dad and brothers on the farm. He developed a keen interest in cars, engines, and all things mechanical. Rich felt his duty to his country and served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965. Rich married Nancy Colson on July 1, 1968 and through their 54-year union three children were born. As they raised their family, Rich worked hard to provide a good living and successfully operated a lawn care business for many years while working at John Deere. Rich felt his need of salvation and began to walk with Christ in 1979, remaining faithful his entire life. He had the privilege of opening his home to a Sunday fellowship meeting in Branson for many years. Rich retired from John Deere in 1996 and soon after he and Nancy moved to Branson, Missouri where they spent over 25 years enjoying life in the Ozarks. There they made many new friends and spent many hours on the lake fishing and boating as they shared their retirement years with their kids, grandkids and family.
Richard is survived by his wife, Nancy (Colson) Evans; children, Jason (Kelly) Evans, Rockford IL, Jinger (Lyle) Meyer, Liberty Hill, TX, Jamie Evans, Coon Rapids, IA; grandchildren, Daniel (Katy) Evans, Eric Evans, Austin Meyer, Straton (Taylor) Evans, Jessica (Jadan) Sorensen, Zachary Evans, Brandon Evans, Drake Meyer; great-grandchildren, Aliyah Steffen, Karson Evans, Ellery Evans, and Braxton Evans. He is also survived by his siblings, Larry (Sonny) Evans, Don Evans, Susan (Evans) Maack, Sally (Evans) Guyer, Terry Evans, Ronald (Deena) Evans, and many nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Vera Evans; brothers-in-law, Les Guyer and Bob Maack; and nephew, Lee Thompson.
Inurnment service with military honors will be held at 3:00pm on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Road, Springfield, Missouri 65804.
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