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.