Alfred R. Evans, 85, of LeRoy, Minn., died peacefully in his home on Friday, 7, 2013. A funeral service for Alfred was held Tuesday, June 11 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy. The Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. A visitation was held at the church on Monday, June 10. Hindt Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1927, in Chappell, Neb., the son of Florence and Ray Evans. He grew up in Sidney, Neb., where he played high school basketball and worked as a printer’s devil. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 16 during World War II and was a proud member of the Rochester, Minn. Honor Flight corp in October 2009. He was a linotype operator/printer/publisher through his lifetime, starting his publishing career in Atkinson at The Atkinson-Annawan News weekly newspaper in 1963. During his career, he owned publications as well in Hillsboro, Wis.; the Henry County Advertizer in Geneseo and three other area publications in Orion, Port Byron and Atkinson. With his wife, he owned the LeRoy Independent in LeRoy, buying it in 1992 as well as the Lime Springs Herald. He was a fifth-generation printer and one of his greatest achievements was the fact most of his children followed in his career footsteps.
He was a member of the LeRoy American Legion Post No. 161, served on the Illinois Press Association Board of Directors, helped start the Atkinson Chamber of Commerce and served as president and served as a member of the Atkinson Fire Department, and the Atkinson Village Board. He was chairman of the LeRoy Economic Development Board and helped find a physician and start the Mayo Clinic Health System in LeRoy. He was an active member of the LeRoy Senior Citizens and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy. He was a Nebraska football fan, enjoyed playing horseshoes, bowling, pool, cribbage, computer games, watching game shows and reading books on Westerns.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eileen. They married on Oct. 16, 1950, in International Falls, Minn. He also is survived by 14 children, Terry (Mary Kay) of Plymouth, Wis.; Pat Markor of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Tim (Luanne) of Moline; Linda (Leo) Smith of Park City; Debra (Joe) Welter of Grayslake; Sue Beck of Canton, Ga.; Donna (Tom) Gnidovic of Chicago; Barb (Brian) O’Neill of Owatonna, Minn.; Dan (Joyce) of LeRoy; Julie (Mark) Hale of Clearwater, Fla.; Greg (Sue) of Sparta, Wis.; Natalie (Robert Rizer) of Beaver Dam, Wis.; Dave (Amy) of Kasson, Minn.; and Matt (Jessie) of Byron Minn.; 32 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two brothers, Paul (Sue) of Bayard, Neb. and Don of Bridgeport, Neb.; two sisters, LaWanda Bennett of Bayard and Connie (Don) Benker of Greeley, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Virgil; and an infant son, Ronnie.