Fredrick “Fred” Dale Evans Jr., November 17, 1949, passed peacefully at his St. Peters home on Sunday, December 3rd. Known to family and friends as Rick in his early days in North Platte, Nebraska, Fred graduated from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a high school wrestler who, like any good Nebraska boy, became a novice corn expert before he could drive.
While a job with General Electric (GE) brought him east to Missouri, it was his marriage to Elizabeth “Liz” Wolf that made St. Peters, Missouri his home. After a brief courtship, Fred was so eager to marry Liz he wouldn’t let a major case of the hives sideline their big day. Liz and Fred celebrated 48 years of marriage this past May. Their bond was never more obvious than after the sudden loss of eldest daughter Janet earlier this year.
Fred was a Senior Mechanical Engineer who spent his whole career at GE. Even though his job often took him on the road to exotic places like Detroit and Paducah, he made it a priority to return home to daughters Janet and Leslie. He never missed a school play or basketball game. Fred’s greatest priority was education. When his girls would score 100% on a test, he often asked “was there no extra credit?”. Fred was a doting grandfather to Gavin and Brayden. The boys learned from a young age to trust but verify the things they heard from Grandpa.
Fred became homebound in his last years and relied on compassionate care provided by both family and professionals. He was closer to none other than nurse Marsia Ek, who for the better part of five years tended to Fred, matching his warmth and sarcasm.
He was generous and kind to a fault. Fred always picked up the bill at a restaurant, scoured the local sale ads for the best deals when someone mentioned an upcoming anticipated major purchase, and he and Liz opened their home to anyone who needed a meal or a place to stay. All were welcome at the Evans house on Crescent Hills Drive. Truly one of a kind, Fred will be profoundly missed.
Preceded in death by Fredrick Dale Evans, Sr.; Phyllis (DeFord) Evans; Janet Evans; John Howell
Fred is survived by wife Elizabeth, nee Wolf, Evans; daughter Leslie Evans; Grandsons Gavin Evans and Brayden Evans; Sister Phyllis “Suzi” Evans; Nephew Scott (Angie) Evans; nieces Emily and Kaitlyn Evans; sister-in-law Marianne (Dale) Lawrence; nephews Gene and Bob Howell.