Kenneth Leroy Evans, 83, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Moving to McPherson in 2000, he formerly lived in St. Louis, Mo., and Bella Vista, Ark. Ken was a retired industrial arts teacher at Affton High School in Affton, Mo.
Ken was born on March 7, 1929, in Holmesville, Neb., the son of Robert and Alma (Overleese) Evans. He graduated from McPherson College in 1954. On Aug. 11, 1954, he was united in marriage to Ruth A. Peckover in McPherson. She died Dec. 4, 1984. Ken married Hazel Pauline Castleberry on Aug. 17, 1989, in High Ridge, Mo.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, McPherson, and The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Survivors include: wife, Pauline of the home; daughter, Denise Schectman and husband, Hal, of Palo Alto, Calif.; brother, Jack Evans and wife, Dale, of Springfield, Ore.; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Ruth, son, Bruce Evans, and sisters, Marion Mares, Mildred Hardenbrook, and Eileen Stewart.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Karen Rice Ratzlaff officiating. A private graveside service will precede the memorial service at McPherson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at Stockham Family Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson Shrine Club Hospital Fund, McPherson College, or The Cedars, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.