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Jack Allen Evans

Birth Date: January 3, 1926
Death Date: February 14, 2018

Jack Allen Evans, 92, of Decatur, IL died at his residence Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Jack was born in Paris, IL on January 3, 1926, to Florence and Willis Evans. While attending Decatur High at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during WWII. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Decatur, IL, where he met a wonderful girl, Frances Printy. After a proper courtship they were engaged and married in 1949. Jack enrolled in DeVry Technical School in Chicago on the GI Bill. Their son Douglas arrived in time to see Jack graduate in 1950. Jack and Frances were blessed with a daughter in 1953, a redhead they named Jaqueline Frances.

Jack was employed as a television technician and later worked in police radar technology, where he holds a patent. He purchased an electronics school, Electrotek, which was one of the first private vocational rehabilitation schools in the Illinois penitentiary system. Jack and Frances owned Fixmaster’s Repair Shop, which Frances managed, for 25 years. At 50, Jack retired and began working on his Bucket List, which included fishing with his buddies Dave Waggoner and Fred Kaufman and collecting old cars. He owned several beauts, including restoring a 1929 Model A and a right-hand drive 1959 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. In his 60’s he took classes in painting, acting, and tap dancing.

Jack and Frances loved to travel to New York City to see Broadway Shows.

Jack A. Evans is survived by his wife Frances of 68 years, Douglas (Terri) Evans, Jacqueline (Dan) Evans-Moser, grandchildren Clover (Tom) Kincheloe, Casey (Lauren Jarrold) Evans, Cole and Hanna Moser, and great grandchildren, Avani and Hugo Kincheloe and Jack Wilder Evans.

Jack married into a loving family. He leaves his sister-in-law Peggy Shulke and brothers-in-law, Dave Shulke and Bob Roberts and many spectacular nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday February 19, 2018 at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery.

A heartfelt thanks to Jack’s family of caregivers and special thanks to DMH Home Health Care, especially Paige.

Condolences may be left to Jack’s family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

Funeral Service
February 19, 2018
11:00 am
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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Visitation
February 19, 2018
10:00 am
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Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. To the Children of Jack and Francis, I was so sorry to here about the recent passing of both your Father and Mother; Jack and Francis. Your Dad and my Mom worked together for years at the electronics shop that was across the street from Sears (what is now the Library). I moved away from Decatur in 1973, and now live in Denver, Co. We went back to Decatur each year while our parents were both still living, but haven't been back for several years. I remember what a joker your dad was, and how cute your Mom was with putting up with him. I always tried to stop in and say hello when the had the Fix-it-shop. My Mother was Dorothy Herron, and I think you and I share the same birthday Doug..June 30, 1950. I remember the Bar-b-Ques at the house. Great fun..your folks were very welcoming. MacArthur high is having their 50th reunion this year. So when I go back, I'll stop and visit them for awhile..just for old time sake. Stay strong, time helps soften your heart. But remember those stories.. they will live forever. Blessing and prayers to you all ..Rae Ann Fassel

  2. My Dad Earl did tailoring for Jack and he knew my Brother in law Dan, the watch man. Everyone in my family got a ride in the rolls including my nephews when they were young…something they still remember and talk about. Like my Dad, he was quite a character. He will be missed and long remembered.

  3. Jack I first met as a member of the Decatur Ice Sailing Club in the 60s. An excellent competitor in the DN class. Very innovative and paid attention to the smallest detail. He sharpened my runners and I would go faster. One time he pointed out that every boat that we were sailing was illegal according to our rules which he knew. He could fix anything. Had the privilege of praying with Jack and Doug at Dmh still was sharp but now he's got anew body in the eternal life ahead of him. Smooth sailing.
    Pete Johns US 2360

  4. What a wit! What an innocent(?) wag! What a wonderful gentleman! What a loss I will feel without the presence of this man in my realm of friends! Rest in peace, Jack! And much love to Fran!!!

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the family! Love you "Uncle Jack"
    Olivia Bunch – Dave & Doris Waggoner's granddaughter

  6. We enjoyed knowing Jack. He had a great smile and outlook on life. He drove our daughter and new son-in-law on their wedding day in that beautiful Rolls. Will miss him.

  7. Jack was a wonderful human being. I first saw Jack behind the wheel of his 1929 Model A Ford in about 1975. He had Francis along for a ride that evening. They were driving by the lake and around Lake Shore Drive. My mom recognized them as Francis sister, Helen Roberts and family were friends of ours. Over the years as Jack restored the Model A and joined a car club I grew up in I would see him several times. I remember being at their house with a group of guys when he swapped engines, rehung the doors and several other projects on the Model A.

    Jack never ceased to amaze me. He once threw a birthday party for himself…He told how he met every single attendee at the party starting with his mom…At an advanced age he took tap dancing lessons…The stories go on and on. Rest in piece my friend….

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