John William Evans

09:41 AM April 15, 2019


John William Evans, 77, of Erie, IL, died Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA.  Visitation will be held from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on Thursday, April 18th at the Gibson – Bode Funeral Home, Erie.  A funeral service will follow at 4:00pm Thursday at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place after services with burial at a later date in the Erie Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the family.


John was born August 17, 1941 in Cambridge, IL, the son of Perry and Fern (Higgins) Evans.  He married Joyce E. Wisdom on September 4, 1960 in Geneseo, IL.  Over the years John had been an owner/operator of his own truck, he worked in maintenance for Illini Beef and the former IBP, and he helped farm for some area farmers.  In addition to all of that, he delivered papers for the Dispatch for over 30 years.


John enjoyed watching John Wayne movies, NASCAR and was an avid Cubs fan.  He looked forward to his afternoon meetings with his coffee klatch at the Pink Pony.  Above all he loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and cherished his dog Chewy.


He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children Mark Evans, East Moline, Marty (Michelle) Evans, Erie, Shirley Jean Evans, Hillsdale; brother, Arthur “Butch” (Sherri) Evans, Ft. Mill, SC; sisters, Patricia Rohs and Phyllis Kraklow both of Rapids City, IL; 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  John was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Thomas Evans; and sister, Clara Buchannan.  Share a memory or condolence at

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  • Clayton Evans:

    15 Apr 2019 14:23:00

    My grandfather john, many words to describe him but the few i choose to use are wise, strong, an dependable always knowing what to say at the right moment he used his wisdom for insight an to make a comment he thought was funny. His strength to raise a family n the strength he showed us all the way up til the end. Be able to depend on my grandfather john was like knowing the sun will rise n set he would b there for anyone of his children or grandchildren if needed, but as the sun rises n sets we all live n die n one thing ive always been scared if was dien, but even at the end he taught me to be strong as he knew it was his time. The last week of my his life i believe he knew time was almost up. He stopped by my house as he usually did but more often than usual, i wanna believe he did that to make sure i was ok like he did my whole life as he did with my father an the rest of his children n grandchildren, im thankful the last couple years i got closer with him. got to learn so much from him with out him even teaching me, just watching. Im not even sure where i was going with this but i know he taught me not to b afraid to die but to afraid of not living n taking the time to enjoy life

  • Carolyn Thomas:

    15 Apr 2019 19:39:00

    God bless you and comfort you and your family. John is at peace and pain free

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