Edward R. Evans, age 91 of Big Rock, IL passed away at his home on Thursday, April 6, 2023. He was born on December 14, 1931 in Aurora, IL the son of Merritt and Pauline (Dodson) Evans.
Mr. Evans was united in marriage on October 12, 1951 in Plano, IL to the former Miss Nell M. Ness and they spent the next 59 years happily together until her passing on January 20, 2011. Ed was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock in Big Rock, IL. He was a building contractor who built many homes, over the years, in Big Rock and the surrounding area. He also had a strong presence in the community by serving on the School Board, acting Town Supervisor, a member of the Big Rock Historical Society, also a 4H Troop Leader. Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Ed is survived by his children, Paul Evans of Big Rock, IL, Carol (Brian) O’Neill of Sandwich, IL, Thomas Evans of Big Rock, IL and Julia Zaeske of Somonauk, IL; his grandchildren, Alexander, Kristen and Garin Zaeske, Megan and Hannah O’Neill; his brother, Darrell (Cindy) Evans of Aurora, IL; his dear companion, Helen Wiles of Big Rock, IL; also several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merritt and Pauline Evans; his wife, Nell M. Evans; and his brother, Ray Evans.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at the First Baptist Church of Big Rock, 201 Lincoln Avenue, Big Rock, IL, with Pastor Steve Schroeder, officiating. Interment will follow in the West Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock, IL.
Friends may visit from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 North Maple Street, Hinckley, Illinois.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (815) 286-3247.