James A. Evans


James A. Evans, 84, son of Lloyd and Lorena Evans, passed away on September 16 at his daughter Sara’s home while surrounded by family. Jim graduated from Indianapolis’ Arsenal Tech High School in 1953. He was a farmer in the Roachdale-Bainbridge area for many years, school bus driver for North Putnam, and retired from the Putnam County Highway department.

Jim very much loved his wife, Esther Marie; they were married for 47 years. At her funeral he remarked, “Wasn’t she the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen?” He is surely enjoying stories in heaven with her now. Together they raised three children: Alan, Sara, and Lisa. Grandchildren were greatly enjoyed and shared his life. Zach was the oldest and shared his passion for soccer with his grandfather. Ricki went deer hunting with Jim, and he loved football games with Laren and Luke. In fact, his last conversation had to do with the upcoming North Putnam football game. Morgan shared her love of horses with Jim. Jim let “the kids be kids”. He was not judgmental but a good listener; he was, however, good at giving relationship advice according to his grandchildren.

Jim was a member of the Bainbridge Christian Church, served in the U.S. Army, and helped with 4-H endeavors. He was an avid mystery reader, bird watcher, and skilled woodworker. He loved jellybeans!

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wilma Wolfley, and wife.

Survivors include children Alan, Sara (Jim) Sanford, and Lisa (Glen) Runnells; and grandchildren, Zach Hunter, Ricki Evans, Laren, Morgan, and Luke Sanford, and several cousins. Calling is from 10:00-12:00 on Thursday, September 20, at Servies & Morgan Funeral Home in Roachdale with graveside services at 1:00 PM at Hebron Cemetery at Russellville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Putnam Athletic Department.

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9 thoughts on “James A. Evans

  • Marcy Garrard

    Lisa. So sorry about your dad☹️☹️☹️ I remember his smile every time he brought Zach into Danville Pediatrics or brought you something. He was a gentle man. I can’t be there today but know I’m praying for you and your family. I miss talking to you!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️

  • Leslie Ann (Wolfley) Halberg

    Uncle Jimmy was our fun uncle. I have great memories of visits when he was in the army, of his years of dating and when he finally found his wife Esther. She reached out to us and invited me over to her parent’s house for a special lunch, which must have been around the time of their engagement. Jimmy and Esther were so gracious to us & our three kids, who remember their taste of farm life, riding the lawn tractor and shooting a 22. My Mom passed away too soon, his only sibling, and our strongest connection to Jimmy. My Dad is not on internet, certainly not facebook, but he wanted to send condolences and regrets that it was hard to visit as often as he wanted. Our families are like so many in the midwest, love abides, and we know we can reach out any time, but we are not as demonstrative as some. I am so happy that he was surrounded by family because that is what life is really all about. Love to Alan, Sara & Lisa and all the families.

  • Kim Hall

    So sorry for your loss! Heaven definetly gained a wonderful man! I remember him well from little league baseball bringing Zach back and forth to practice and cheering all the kids on at the game as my husband coached and austin and Hunter played on the team! He was always pleasant and loved his smile! He acted as a grandpa to all of them. He has a very special family also! Love you all and i will be praying for you all as you rejoice in his healing and grieve his loss! Our deepest sympathy! The Hall Family Russellville In

  • Diana Bible

    i was sorry to hear of Jim’s passing , but I know he is happy being with Esther again , he always had a smile we have missed him at the family reunions . our hearts are with you kids we know what you are going through , we love you all very much

    love
    Diana Bible and family