Ellis William Evans of Steelville, Missouri was born at Dillard, Missouri on November 10, 1921 to Gerome Franklin and Katherine Obermark Evans and passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the age of 97 years, 6 months and 30 days.
On January 11, 1947 in Potosi, Missouri he married Ardell Worley.
Ellis served honorably from 1942 to 1945 in the U.S. Army in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe Campaigns receiving a Purple Heart.
He worked in St. Louis, Missouri for several years in construction, eventually moving back to the Crawford County area to start a business of having over 40,000 laying hens.
He attended Shoal Creek Church years ago. Ellis enjoyed repairing old clocks from the area and from other countries. He also was a master craftsman working on violins and guitars and could spend many hours fishing for trout.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerome and Katherine Evans; one daughter, Barbara Wagner; two brothers, Leeman (Bernice) Evans and Eldon (Della Mae) Evans; two sisters, Lila Mae (Tom) Hunter and Lucille Hill; brothers and sisters-in-law, Orville Pratt, Cledes (Freda) Worley, Argie (Zeke) Volner, Clifton Worley, Rosalie (Norman) Hammonds, Mary Belle (Halic) Chandler, Homer (Helen) Worley and Joe Worley.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ardell Evans; three sons, William “Bill” Gary (Peggy) Evans of Springfield, Illinois, Marion “Frank” Franklin (Connie) Evans of St. Louis, Missouri and Steven Clay (Brenda) Evans of Harrison, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Jeff, Amy, Chad, Joshua, Grant, Gabriel, Zachary and Jeff; 19 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters, Ileen Pratt of Springfield, Missouri and Erma Lee (Leon) Sellers of Arnold, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Ruby (Jim) Lowery of Arnold, Missouri and Linda Worley of Hillsboro, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Tracey White officiating. Special music of “Amazing Grace,” “Teardrop Waltz” and “What a Friend” was played by Kathy Summers on fiddle. Other music of “He Walked on Water” was sung by Josh Evans and “Too Much to Gain to Lose” was sung by Larry and Geraldine Sherrill.
Committal prayer and interment with full military honors by the United States Army were in the Shoal Creek Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Jeff Evans, Jeff Wagner, Chad Evans, Joshua Evans, Grant Evans, Gabriel Evans and Zachary Evans.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.