William Bowen Evans
William Bowen Evans
VAN WERT, Ohio — William Bowen Evans, 80, of Van Wert, died at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Vancrest of Van Wert.

He was born Nov. 2, 1937, in Chase, Michigan, to the late James J. and Nellie (Mohr) Evans.

He married Nancy J. (Tribolet) and she survives of Van Wert.

Bill was a lifetime farmer and retired from Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert. He had also worked at Lee’s Ace Hardware in Van Wert. Bill enjoyed being a member of the Van Wert Elks Lodge and Van Wert County Farm Focus.

He is also survived by his children, William B. (Jackie) Evans, II of Van Wert, Jay (Dawn) Evans of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and Deb (Shawn) Rice of Decatur, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Menze, Jill Fromader, Jackie Rice, Gavin Evans, Trey Evans, Nick Evans and Corri Atencio; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Bertha Now of Massillon, Ohio, and Joann (Bob) Wilkins of New Knoxville, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori A. Evans; brothers, John and James Evans; and sisters, Nell Coolman and Sabina Lodge.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, Ohio. Burial in Woodland Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Viewing will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be directed to the Middle Point Ballpark Association or to the Van Wert County Fair.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.