Donal George Evans, 64, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, January 13, 2014 after a long endurance of pulmonary fibrosis. He passed over with prayer and singing, surrounded by his family. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to the late George and Muriel (nee Baldwin) Evans on April 18, 1949.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy (nee Vosburgh) Evans; and his four children, Lori (Brian) Maibach of Creston, Jennifer (Brian) Formhals of Creston, John Evans of New York, New York and Rachel (Sam) Fowler of Newark; Don has six grandchildren, Ben (Bre) and Kendal Maibach, Bradley, Alex and Scott Formhals, and Trey Fowler; and one great grandchild, Noah Maibach. Don is also survived by his three siblings, Linda (Robert) Crane of Kettering, Tom (Linda) Evans of Avon Lake, and Frank Evans of Elyria; and nephews and families. Also surviving are his mother-in-law and father-in-law, who were special to him, Richard and Rebecca Vosburgh of Elyria; and his sisters-in-law and families.
In addition to his parents, Don was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jay K. Shook; and a grandson, Jay R. Shook.
Don is a 1967 graduate of Elyria High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1974 and was most recently employed at Buehler's River Styx Store in the bakery. Don was a very faithful member of the Medina Church of God where he attended for the last 34 years.
Don loved serving God with a unique personal ministry. He loved people. He greatly enjoyed music through many ways. Don is known in the church fellowships for playing his hammered dulcimer, which he enjoyed immensely. He loved to sing and create and has passed this gift of healing virtue to his children and grandchildren. He was always of the inquisitive nature, loving to learn about the how's and why's of anything and everything. Don loved to joke with everyone, enjoyed laughing and seeing people smile. Don loved his family and especially in more recent times, longed to be with them as much as possible. He also knew that family can be more than just relatives. Family, to him, was defined as those with whom his heart bonded, and that takes in many people. He touched hearts wherever he was. Many will mourn the loss of him here; although all can take comfort that he has finally received his new lungs, free of cost and care, from the Master Physician Himself!
The family wants to extend many, many thanks to all who helped and contributed in many ways to the efforts of Lungs for Don. There are many special people who have touched his life and some have gone above and beyond. Thank you to the Howe family (Jim, Linda, Karen) for their exceptional love, support, guidance and encouragement. Thank you also to Chris Decker, for your awesome friendship. Your love and sacrifice in Don's last days were an extraordinary gift.
Service will be Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11 A.M., at the Medina Church of God, 6745 Wooster Pike (Rt. 3), Medina, with Pastor James Presley officiating. Friends may call Friday, January 17, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. and one hour prior to the Service on Saturday, at the Church. Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 10:30 A.M.
Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611.