Jimmie Evans, 66, of Miller, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller after a valiant four year struggle with colon cancer.
Funeral service with military honors will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.
Jimmie Ray was born November 18, 1947 in Miller to Albert “Bub” and Lurabel (Purrington) Evans. He attended various country schools and graduated from Miller High School in 1966. In the late 1950’s, the family moved to Miller from Hiland Township after the farm burned down.
After high school, he went to work with his dad at Evans Construction; taking ownership when his father passed away. He continued to own and operate Evans Construction until his passing.
All three of his children learned to run a dozer in the gravel pits. On May 12, 1973, he married Karen Keelin at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. From 1967 to 1973, he was an active member in the National Guards; later being honorably discharged.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Jimmie owned and operated #7 race team with Chet Danburg as his driver. They won multiple track championships. Jimmie loved dirt track and NASCAR racing, hunting, fishing, socializing, coffee with friends, camping and barbeques in the summers.
Jimmie had an infectious smile and was always friendly.
He will be missed by his wife, Karen Evans of Miller; three children: David Evans of Miller, Deborah (David) Roth of Mesa, AZ, and Mike Evans of Pierre; four grandchildren: Heidi Roth, Shane Reiners, Laura Evans and Justin Evans; three great grandchildren: Eric, Jr., Andres andKayden; mother, Lurabel Evans of Miller; uncle, John Evans; and aunts: Joanne Evans and Gladys Jensen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert “Bub” Evans; granddaughter, Ashley Roth; uncles: Gene Evans, Francis Evans, Howard Jensen, James Purrington and Russell Purrington; and aunt, Cecil (Hummy) Boulias.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Jimmie’s arrangements. Visit
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