John Timothy Evans, 86, Gallipolis, Ohio, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, passed away October 11, 2012. An era came to an end with the passing of Tim Evans, the final survivor of the six founders of Bob Evans Farms. Tim was born in Gallipolis September 21, 1926. His business career was in place by the time he was 14, when his father would send him to West Virginia to bid on, and buy cattle for their farm. After graduation from Gallia Academy High School, he went straight into the business world, working at The Evans Packing Company, of which he became President, and retained that position until he retired in 1974. He remained very involved with Bob Evans Farms until 1991 when he retired from the Board of Directors. He then turned his attention to the pure bread angus business, as owner of Sunset Valley Farm. Tim was known and respected nationally as one of the premier cattlemen. He raised, bred and owned the national champion female in 2002, and was named Breeder of The Year in 2005.
Tim was a pillar of the community. He served on the Boards of University of Rio Grande, Holzer Hospital, and Gallia County Jr Fair. He was a long time member of Grace United Methodist Church. Tim gave generously to many causes for the betterment of southeastern Ohio, and assisted and inspired many youngsters, several of whom were interested in raising cattle.
In 1946, Tim married the former Betty Lou Rothgeb, who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his parents, John Everette Evans, Jr. and Elma Reese Evans; and two sisters, Elma Louise Evans, and Bess Evans Grace Davis. He is survived by his wife Wylodine (Deanie) Evans, one daughter, Martha (Dr. Robert) Huestis, of Columbus, and one son David Timothy Evans, Ft. Lauderdale. Also surviving are Deanie’s children: Dr. Gary (Sandy) Smith, Midland, Michigan, Greg (Karen) Smith, Bidwell, and Cindy (Brett) Epling, Bidwell. Seven grandchildren survive: Nicole Evans (Patrick) Porter, John Everette (Virginia) Evans III, Kimberly Evans (Billy) Thomas, Travis Evans Burlile, Heather Huestis, Gretchen Huestis, and David Timothy (Emily) Huestis. Deanie’s nine grandchildren survive, along with 23 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held, Monday, October 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 600 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, with Bob Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Family will receive guests prior to the service, beginning at 11:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or The University of Rio Grande. Willis Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.
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