VICTOR REESE EVANS
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November 7, 1918 ~ July 18, 2011
Victor R. Evans passed away in his sleep during the early-morning hours of July 18, 2011, at the age of 92, on what was to be his 64th wedding anniversary. He was born at home near South Junction, OR on Nov. 7, 1918, the son of William and Jane Evans. His name, Victor, is for "victory" to celebrate the allied forces' defeat of Germany at the end of WWI.
Victor joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940, and served as a radio operator.
On Oct. 17, 1941, he married Jessie Landerking, and had two sons. They divorced after several years of marriage. Later, Victor married Betty Pierson in Kelso, WA on July 18, 1947. Victor and Betty moved to Vancouver, WA, and went on to have six more children.
His passions included spending time with his family, reading, music, poetry, travel and storytelling.
He could keep friends and family members entertained for hours on end with his stories of growing up in central Oregon.
His hobbies included vacuum-tube radios, and tinkering with anything mechanical. He was a great problem-solver, and enjoyed taking on the challenge of fixing anything that required attention, often humorously referring to various components as "doohickies", "thingamajigs", "doodads" and "whatchyamacallits".
Victor is survived by his wife, Betty; brothers, Lloyd Evans and Thomas Evans; sons, Clarence "Bill" Evans, George "Bud" Evans, Daniel Evans, Randall Evans, David Evans, Anthony Evans and Samuel Evans; daughter, Sara "Janet" Meitner; six daughters-in-law; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., July 30th at the Orchards LDS church, 7101 NE 166th Avenue in Vancouver.
Please sign Victor's guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on July 29, 2011