Evan T. Towne
April 21, 1925 – August 26, 2019
Evan T. Towne, 94 of Van Buren and formerly of Huntington passed away at 12:11 pm on Monday, August 26, 2019 at his residence. Evan was a 1946 graduate of Huntington High School. He served in the United States Army Air Corp as a Sargent. He was stationed in Italy as a B17 tail gunner during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. After his tour of service he attended Huntington College and received his Master’s degree in education from Ball State University. He was a Junior High Industrial Arts teacher in Huntington County for 27 years, retiring in 1989. Evan was a member of College Park United Brethren Church where he taught Sunday school and was on the church council. Evan currently attended McNatt United Methodist Church. He was in the Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout Badge. He was a Boy Scout leader on two separate continents and was a great outdoorsman and woodworker. He was a missionary and spent two 3 year terms in Sierra Leone West Africa helping with a boy’s school and teaching industrial arts. He was a member of Indiana State Teachers Association and was a charter member of the Men’s Brotherhood of Missions where he served as a past president and secretary, the Model Engine Collector Association Academy of Model Aeronautics, and owned the largest model airplane collection in Indiana.
Evan was born on April 21, 1925 in Lainsburg, Michigan, the son of Jerry L. and Nella L. (Swarthout) Towne.
He was united in marriage to Mary L. Chapman on July 1, 1951 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His wife survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters: Linda (Dick) Schweikhardt of Van Buren; Komeh (Joe) Zilka of New London, NC.; two grandchildren: Miranda Zoch, Frank Schweikhardt and three great grandchildren: Isaac Zoch, Peter Zoch and Vera Schweikhardt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Floris Linder and Verna Welty.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 am with one hour of visitation prior to the service at Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel.
Interment will be at the Van Buren Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made out to United Brethren Missions in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.
- Mary L. Towne, Wife
- Linda and husband Dick Scheikhardt, Daughter
- Komeh and husband Joe Zilka, Daughter
- Jerry L. Towne (deceased), Father
- Nella L. Towne (deceased), Mother
- Floris Linder (deceased), Sister
- Verna Welty (deceased), Sister
- 2 grandchildren: Miranda Zoch, Frank Schweikhardt and 3 great grandchildren: Isaac Zoch, Peter Zoch and Vera Schweikhardt.
- United Brethren Missions
- Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2019
Evan T. Towne
September 1, 2019
Dear Mary, Linda and Komeh and your families,
My mind is popping with memories of your family and of Evan. My family knew him as a preacher's kid at my home church before I was born. I met him and Mary first when I had two years at Huntington College, but they became family to me in Sierra Leone. And not just to me. When my husband Alan began as a teacher at Centennial Secondary School he served as a resident teacher in one of the boys' dorms, and had his meals with the Townes. He counted all four of them as family, but he and Evan shared a friendship of jokes, philosophies, history, and many, many other areas.
Once when there was a missionary get-together at the nurses' home at Mattru Hospital, Alan made place mats for everyone at lunch. The most memorable was a complete railroad switch yard with rolling stock, and in the front corner a man in a trademark flat cap, peering into a large box on a pole and saying, "If I just had my needle nose pliers and an old tooth paste tube, I could fix that thing!"
Evan was amazing at fixing things. He kept all of the mission lawn mowers running smoothly, and could always repair them one more time. One day when I brought the hospital mower for repairs, Mary wondered if Evan was getting more repair work than was reasonable. A few days later I came early to the swimming place on the Jong River and found Evan wielding a sledge hammer, making big rocks into smaller ones to carry them away and make the beach nicer. I decided that we weren't imposing!
My daughters and I had a grand visit with Evan and Mary in our home in Quebec in 1985. Alan was away in England and was disappointed to miss them. Philippa and Audrey found it easy to be included as family with Evan and Mary, and we visited them in Huntington as well. Audrey rode with Evan in a rebuilt car with a tractor motor in it!
Just a few of the many, many memories stirred up by your lovely video, of a very gifted And generous man.
August 29, 2019
Had the pleasure of meeting Evan and Mary through a trip to Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in the early 1990's, hosted by the Huntington University Alumni Association. What a wonderful family! Evan served others and truly made life better for a lot of people.
August 29, 2019
Mr. Towne was my teacher. He took the time to explain what i had to do. He told me u can do it. I was scared with using the tools. I'd never used them before, he showed me how to do it and how to handle it. He was an all great man. My sympathy to all of his family. May God be with you always.