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Donald Evans - October 02, 2011


Donald Evans was born on Oct. 30, 1922 in Lincoln, Neb. He was the youngest of four sons born to Robert Van and Eloise Ann Harper Evans.
Don grew up in Lincoln and Wallace, Neb. He spent his summers on the farm near Wallace and the school year in Lincoln where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He attended the University of Nebraska after high school until 1942 when he was inducted into the United States Navy during World War II.
In 1944 he was commissioned as a lieutenant junior grade. He became a commanding officer on landing ship medium (LSM) and served primarily in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge in 1946, he received a special commendation letter from the office of President Truman. After the war he returned to help at the farm near Wallace with his brother, Stewart, until 1954 when he returned to Lincoln to finish his college and earn his business administration degree.
Don worked as a public accountant and began his career with the Jeffries Group before establishing his own business. Don chose to take care of his mother as she aged. He never married. In addition to his accounting business, Don also managed real estate holdings and apartment rentals in Lincoln.
He had been failing in health when he moved to Wallace earlier this fall to be closer to his nephew, Ted. He had been moved to the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte where he died on Sunday Oct. 2, 2011. He had reached the age of 88.
Don was a 52- year member of the Lincoln American Legion Post #3 and a 40-year member of the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80.
In addition to his parents Don was preceded in death by his three brothers, Stewart and wife Evelyn, Robert, and Fred and wife Jean; one nephew, John Evans.
He is survived by one sister-in-law, Drusilla Evans of Lincoln; two nieces, Susan and husband Gary Olson and Mary Evans, all of the Denver area and one nephew, Ted and Kris Evans of Wallace.
A graveside memorial service will be held at the Wallace Morningview Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m CT.
Committal of cremains will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Lincoln with a military tribute and a flag presentation.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.