Jack "Handsome" Russell Evans

  • Born: February 18, 1922
  • Died: March 28, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228

Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jack "Handsome" Evans, 93, died peacefully at the age of 93 on Saturday, March 28, 2015. He was a longtime resident of Indianapolis.
Jack was born on February 22, 1922 to Claude and Edna Ailman Evans of Marion, Indiana where he grew up. He was a proud graduate of Marion High School in 1939. He served 2 ½ years in the Army Air Corp as a B-17 pilot until November of 1945. He graduated from Ball State Teachers College in 1948.
Jack married Dorothy Mae Osborne of Windfall on May 14, 1946. He and Dorothy and their young son moved to Indianapolis in June of 1948 when he began his career with General Motors Allison Division where he worked for 38 years.
Together Jack and Dorothy raised three children: Robert (Bob) Evans, Peggy Daily, and Julie Evans. He had three grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (2002), his sister, Pauline Cox (2006), and his son Bob (2011).
Jack was very active for his entire life. As a dedicated athlete and avid sports fan, Jack ran cross country at Ball State, participated in softball for the Allison League, played volley ball until the age of 80 and golfed as recently as last summer. His most loved sport, however, was basketball. As a player, he excelled in it while in the Air Corp, but as an adult his love for the sport drove him to organize the Junior Basketball League at the Municipal Gardens. As league director he initiated a Friendship Tournament for fourteen years with a similar organization in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
At his retirement reception from Allison in 1987, he received the Sagamore of the Wabash award for his contributions to youth athletics.
Retirement from Allison in 1987 did not slow him down. In the late eighties he became an attaché for the Pan Am games in Indianapolis and organized the Old Fogey Golf League which continues today. He coauthored the McCullah Review, a monthly newsletter intended to reconnect former classmates from McCullah School in Marion. He helped organize and was the master of ceremonies for high school class reunions for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 497 throughout much of his adult life. Jack and his family were active members of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Speedway where he continued to be a member until his death. For a number of years he served as head usher and was for a time a member of the church council.
His most notable achievement, however, was his ability to make and maintain relationships. Through Allison, the Gardens, St. Andrew's, and even his old neighborhood in Eagledale he easily made friends and kept them. And even though he moved from Marion in 1948, he still kept in contact with friends and family there until just recently.
By the time a person reaches the age of 93, you have attended many funerals of friends and family, and Jack remembered all of them fondly, but he still had many people he loved and considered his friends until the day he left us.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church of Speedway.
Visitation will be at Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park North, 2706 Kessler Blvd W Dr Indpls, IN from 4-7 on Friday. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church at 6118 Crawfordsville Rd. in Speedway. Online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com.


-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jack, I know you're paying attention, so thanks for the 65 years of being an amazing uncle. You were my mom's brother and her lifetime friend...those good feelings and times trickled through the families each year as we gathered for family events (always planned by you!), especially those Christmas's when you all shipped us kids to the movies for the afternoon so you all adults (?) could party! You did keep all the family in touch and up-to-date with each other...a huge task since we are spread throughout the country. Those annual family letters with the latest information about family members and their lives kept us connected no matter what. I miss you. Behave yourself now. Love, Karen, your "favorite niece."

Posted by Karen Pratt - Evanston, IL, IL - Niece   April 22, 2015

"Handsome" was a scrappy Jack Russell after all. He never cowered from an issue, fought the good fight, and lived a full life. It was amazing to watch him interact with all the different personalities with whom he surrounded himself. I will remember all the fun times that were had. He was a true best friend to Dad for which I will be ever grateful.

Posted by David Legge - Indianapolis, IN - 2nd Gen Friend   April 20, 2015

I will never forget Jack always reminding me - after I 'read' one Sunday at St. Andrews Church, I accidently picked up Pastor Hunt's sermon notes and took them to the rear of the sanctuary. After some confusion, he was able to retrieve them and commenced with his sermon. Jack thought this incident was hilarious -and, it was a bit humorous! Dear Jack, my buddy, please rest in peace and know that God will always be with you.

Posted by David Kirtley - Plainfield, IN - Friend   April 20, 2015

Jack "signed" me up at the age of 7 at the Municipal Gardens - I remember the day very well. I "lived" at the Gardens and the "family" there. Helped shape my life forever. I was lucky enough to be with the first Team to go to Puerto Rico. Thanks for the support - understanding with young people - your endless time! With Sympathy, David Koon

Posted by David Koon - Greenville, SC - Friend   April 03, 2015


Julie and Peggy, I am sorry to hear about Jack's passing. What a wonderful man, so many accomplishments.
I have many fond memories of Jack, Dorothy, Julie and Peggy. My condolences, Terri Barnhart Pleak

Posted by Terri Barnhart Pleak - Greensburg, IN - Friend   April 02, 2015

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