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Thomas Evans

November 19, 1928 — June 22, 2023

Thomas Henry Evans Jr., passed away peacefully on June 26, 2023,. Born on November 19, 1928, in Williamstown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Thomas Sr. and Annie Evans. His early years were shaped by the hardships his family faced after his father, a dedicated coal miner, tragically passed away in 1945, leaving his mother to raise several young children.
At the tender age of 17, in January 1946, he joined the Army Air Corps, fueled by a sense of duty and an unwavering patriotism. Although World War II was drawing to a close, he was deployed to occupied Germany to contribute to cleanup operations. This marked the beginning of his remarkable military career, which spanned an impressive 25 years and 3 months in the United States Air Force where he retired with the rank of MSgt.
Tom served valiantly during three major conflicts, namely World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His unwavering commitment to his country took him to duty stations across the globe, including England, Germany, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines. Throughout his service, he earned the respect and admiration of his peers and forged lifelong friendships. His flight crew affectionately bestowed upon him the nickname "Terrible Tom," a testament to his unique spirit and camaraderie.
In 1950, Tom married Joan Margaret Maguire. Together, they shared a remarkable journey of memories and love, celebrating 49 years and 10 months of marriage before Joan's passing. Their love was the foundation of a beautiful family, and they were blessed with five children, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Thomas cherished his role as a husband, father, and grandfather, imparting wisdom, love, and kindness to each generation.
In the year 2000, he found love once again when he married Karen Reams. They embarked on a joyous journey together, celebrating 22 years of marriage until his passing. Karen brought happiness and companionship into his life, and their union was marked by shared interests, laughter, and unwavering support.
Beyond his military service and family, Tom enjoyed spending time with his friends and participating in activities that brought him joy. He was a regular member of the card club at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), where he engaged in spirited games of pinochle and formed lasting bonds with fellow veterans.
Tom leaves behind a legacy of bravery, honor, and love. His patriotism and dedication to his country were unparalleled, and he will forever be remembered as a true American hero.
Thomas Henry Evans Jr. is survived by his beloved wife, Karen, who stood by his side for 22 years, providing unwavering love and support. His legacy lives on through his children, Gary, Sharon, and Tracy, who brought him immense joy and pride throughout their lives.
In addition to his children, he is survived by daughters-in-law, Sharon and Carol, who became integral parts of his extended family. He formed special bonds with his grandchildren, Amber, Brandy, Erica, and Thomas, and Erin who brought laughter and happiness into his life. Their presence brought him immeasurable joy, and he treasured the time spent with them.
Tom was also blessed with great-grandchildren who held a special place in his heart: Dallas, Sharon, Rebecca, Ryan, Anna, and Izzie. Furthermore, Thomas had the joy of witnessing the arrival of three great-great-grandchildren: Jack, Layla, and Calvin.
In addition to his surviving family members, we remember and honor those who preceded him in death. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Margaret, whose love and companionship enriched his life for almost five decades.
Tom also experienced the heartbreaking loss of two sons, Mike and Karl, who left an indelible mark on his heart. Furthermore, he mourned the passing of two grandchildren, Nicole and Etta. Their presence brought him joy and love, and their memory will continue to be cherished by their family.
Thomas was also preceded in death by his siblings, Ruth, Arthur Jr., Dorothy, Betty, Mary, Chester, Richard, Shirley, and Larry. Their shared upbringing and the bonds they formed shaped Thomas's life and created a close-knit family.
Tom is also survived by a wide circle of extended family members, including nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. These individuals played significant roles in his life, providing love, support, and cherished memories.
Funeral services will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home on Wedndsday, June 28, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be 6:00 -8:00 PM, Tuesday, June, 28, 2023 at Elmwood Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects and honor the life of Thomas Henry Evans Jr.
"Terrible Tom, may your wings soar high as you join the ranks of the angels. You will be dearly missed but never forgotten."

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

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