G. Vern Evans, 80, passed away at home on April 25, 2017. Vern was born May 26, 1936 in Colton, California to Guy A. Evans and Rena L. Vandergrif. He grew up in San Bernardino California where he met his wife Vonnie. Together with their 5 children they moved to Montana, where Vern was a surveyor and draftsman with Morrison Mairele water and sewer department for 42 years. Not long after moving to Montana Vern established Vern Evans Map Service servicing Helena and the surrounding areas for more than 50 years. Vern enjoyed being a volunteer fireman with the West Valley Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and a trustee for 4 years. All that knew him knew his love for classic cars. He was a member of the Helena Street Rodders for 31 years, helping to organize many parades, car shows, and other events. Vern and his wife Vonnie began the Last Chance Cruising Association and could be found cruising the local area for over 25 years. He was also involved with the Helena Valley Timing Association since inception and enjoyed 8 years as part of the Ford Club. Along with Vern’s various car club interests, he enjoyed teaching and playing chess with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, camping for over 40 years with family and friends at Holland Lake. We will all miss his presence at the many friend and family gatherings he so enjoyed and his infectious smile and quick sense of humor.
Vern is survived by: his wife Vonnie, his children Mike (Betty) Evans, Dona (Gery) Carpenter, Lori Evans (Chris Leighton), Ron Evans, Julia Christian; brothers and sisters: Doris Dadey, Greg Coon, Butch (Jane) Maas, Pam (Pat) Denoma, Debbie & (Paul) Eaton; grandchildren Amanda (Josh) Cannon, Jylian (Dave) Beery, Brian Evans, Erik Evans, Chelsi (Josh) Dupler, Vanessa Simanton (Mike Brennan), Rachel Christian; great grandchildren Destri Cannon, Taylor Cannon, Jaron Cannon, Elias Beery, Ava Berry, Holland Beery, Jayden Dupler, Nathan Dupler, Lucas Dupler; and numerous extended family. Vern is preceded in death by his parents Guy A. Evans and Rena L. Vandergrif, his sisters Carol Underwood and Merry Evans.
A viewing will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A celebration of Vern’s life will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N Montana Ave, Helena, MT 59602 with a reception immediately following in the social hall of the funeral home. Burial will be at Forestvale Cemetery following the reception. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Vern’s name are suggested to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1502 Shirley Rd, Helena, MT 59602, or to Carroll College, 1601 North Benton Avenue Helena MT 59601, or donor’s choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Vern.