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James Evans

Feb. 10, 1914-Feb. 23, 2008

James R. "Jim" Evans, 94, of Vergas, died Saturday, February 23 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls.

James Ross Evans, known as Jim, was born to John R. and Clara "Callie" (Ross) Evans on Feb. 10, 1914 on the family farm in Johnson County, Neb. He attended elementary school in Rose Hill and high school in Tecumseh, Neb. Jim furthered his education by taking courses in diesel mechanics.

Jim married Margaret "Peg" Ballard in Lincoln, Neb., on July 2, 1939. He worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads until he joined the Navy SeaBees in 1941. He spent the next three years in the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged in October 1945. Jim and Margaret returned to Tecumseh and farmed, until he returned to his first love of being a diesel mechanic in 1956. He was employed by Dobson Brothers of Lincoln and TTEC Aerospace Corp at Lincoln Air Base. He later accepted a position at the University of Nebraska as Superintendent of the power plant, where he worked until he retired. In 1990, with his fishing pole in hand, Jim and Margaret moved to Vergas, where he resided until his death.

Jim enjoyed fishing, teaching his grandchildren to fish and camping.

Surviving Jim are his wife, Margaret "Peg" Evans of Vergas; a daughter, Kay Louise (Dr. Rod) Cushing of Lakewood, Calif.; a son, Kevin Evans of Vergas; three grandsons; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Henrietta) Evans and Lloyd (Shirley) Evans, both of Tecumseh, Neb.; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Him in death were his parents, an infant son, and a brother, Charles.

Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at the Furey Funeral Home, Vergas, and one hour prior to the start of services at the Frazee funeral home on Friday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with the Rev. Bert Holmquist officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.

The Furey Funeral Home of Frazee and Wherry Bros. of Tecumseh, Neb., are both assisting the family.