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Ronald Edward Evans was born on April 4, 1936 in Yorkville, NY to Julia and George Evans. He and his sister, Barbara, grew up on Caroline St. in Utica, NY, with their parents, in the home of his grandfather and grandmother, Stanley and Maria Ropiecki.

He excelled at sports as a young man, and lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He began dating his future wife, Marylou Roberts, in 1952 at 16 years old. He called her Lukie and she was his true love. Throughout his life, he would frequently brag to anyone who would listen about her beauty, her goodness, and his incredible luck at getting to belong to her. They married on June 9, 1956 in Sacred Heart Church.

In 1954, Ron joined the United States Army and was stationed in Louisiana. His stories about stealing watermelons and being billeted on a farm while there live in infamy.

In 1957, Ron and Marylou welcomed their first son, Michael. Michelle, Mark, Peter, Paul, and Christine followed in short order, and the family home at Denton Ave in Whitesboro, NY never saw a dull moment again.

Ron worked for 30 years as a truck driver for M&M Trucking. He was proud of his work ethic, his toughness, and his dedication to providing for his family.

He was a good man, quick to help others, and full of tremendous compassion. Any stranger could make him cry by telling him the hardships of their life, and he would tell people he barely knew he was proud of them. He was devoted to writing to young men in prison to encourage them and let them know he was praying for them. He gave blood as often as he was able. He gave generously to whoever he could, whenever he could. He was a genuinely kind hearted man, and touched the lives of friends, neighbors, and many others who crossed his path.

Ron and Marylou enjoyed a full and happy life after his retirement. They were active and could be found biking, throwing horseshoes, boating, fishing, and traveling all over the east coast to camp. One of their favorite places was The 1,000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River. Some of their happiest moments with their family were spent there.

His family will remember his love of Johnny Cash; his talent and great enjoyment in painting; his quirky ingenuity; his happiness in teaching his children and grandchildren to fish, play cards, or hit a baseball; and of course his favorite catch phrase that seemed to fit any situation – “Bananas!”

Ron’s greatest joys in life were following his Savior, Jesus Christ; loving his wife and children with all his heart; and delighting in his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ron passed into heaven on May 3, 2024 at 88 years old in Rochester, NY. We know he is in perfect peace with God until we see him again.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marylou Evans, and his six children- Michael Evans (Judy), Michelle Lemen (Mark), Mark Evans (Laurie), Peter Evans, Paul Evans, and Christine (Tim) Schmidt, as well as 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In memory of Ronald, we invite contributions to Morningstar – a loving foster home which cares for children with exceptional needs- honoring Ron’s legacy of love and care for others.

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