Paul Emery Evans, 99, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, April16, 2019.
He was born in rural Gentry County, near Stanberry, Missouri on July 4, 1919.
Paul married Alberta Elizabeth Maggard in 1941, she preceded him in death in 1996.
Growing up during the Great Depression, Paul left home when he was 12 to find jobs with farmers and truckers as he followed the harvests on the Great Plains.
He also worked with the Civilian Conservations Corps building the first electrical powerlines in the Ozarks area. Working his way back home, he then worked in a cafe;, where he served Harry S. Truman fried steak, once a week. Paul graduated from Savannah High School and earned a football scholarship to Northwest Missouri State College, where he majored in Agricultural Engineering. He then joined the Army and served in WWII from Dec. 2, 1941 through October 1945.
Paul marched across Central Europe in the Seventh Armored Division as a Staff Sergeant assigned to the medical battalion. After the war Paul and Alberta owned/operated the Hotel Mt. Ayr (Iowa), and during this time spent a year feeding the personnel building the first NORAD station in Tule, Greenland. Then moving to St. Joseph, Paul spent the rest of his career as the supervising cook for the State Hospital and retired after almost 30 years of service.
He enjoyed farming, gardening, sharing recipes, and serving the community. In his retirement he was also dedicated to the Wyatt Park Baptist Church and its' Sunday School classes for the elderly and developmentally disabled. He was always very generous, especially to the homeless and children in need. Paul also enjoyed studying history, theology, biblical teachings, biographies, and plant life.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; and brothers; infant, Nathan, George, Chris, sisters; infant, Louise, Betty Westbrook, Irene Ellis.
Survivors include: daughters, Paula Evans Vehlow (Charles), Pamela Jane Evans, Priscilla Jackson-Evans (Arthur); granddaughters, Gretchen and Heidi Vehlow; great-grandson, Charlie Vehlow, brothers; Emery and Larry, sisters; Maudine Wilson, Jane Treffer, Marie Burr, Ruth De Wendt, Elizabeth Stephens, Mary Pulley; and over 100 nieces and nephews who always enjoyed his chicken and noodles.
The family wishes to thank all those who helped Paul in his life, especially Dr. Bob Scott and his wife Carol for their kindness and continued support.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at the Evolution Church.
The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers to The Pamela Jane Evans Irrevocable Trust - c/o Priscilla Jackson-Evans, 6106 Charlotte St., Kansas City, MO 64110 or to Comfort Care Hospice, 1005 W. Third Street, Suite 4, Cameron, MO 64429.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.