Dr. Richard Trent Evans, DDS, 83, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of the Britt and Clarion area, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 11 at at First Lutheran Church, Clarion. Pastor Gary Boen will officiate the 11 a.m. service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Clarion. Military graveside services will be provided by Clarion Legion and VFW. Visitation for Richard Evans will be held on Friday, July 10 from 5-7 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home, Clarion and continue one hour prior to services at the church.
Richard Evans (also known as Dick Evans), the son of Neta and George Evans, was born April 8, 1926 in Clarion. He grew up in Clarion and attended school in Clarion. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy his junior year of high school in 1944, during World War II. He was just 17 years old and served at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
After the war, he was Honorably Discharged and came back to Clarion and graduated from Clarion High School in 1947. Following his graduation from high school, he attended the University of Iowa. He met his wife Donna in Clarion and they were married during his first year of college. He continued his studies at the University of Iowa, where he received his degree of Dentistry with highest honors.
Dick was united in marriage to Donna Melhus April 6, 1950 at the First Lutheran Church in Clarion. The couple lived in Iowa City during college, but moved to Britt where Dick practiced dentistry for 37 years. After Dick retired he and Donna moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to live near their sons and grandchildren. He and Donna have three sons, Tim, Tom and Jim and seven grandchildren.
He belonged to many organizations during his professional years, including the Commercial Club, Lionīs Club, Britt Country Club, Britt School Board, and was the president of many of these organizations. He was a trustee of the Iowa Dental Association and was very active and held many positions with this organization. Dick enjoyed many different past times, including riding horses, canoeing, jogging, golf, remote control airplanes, fishing in Canada with his sons and friend, sailing with his brother-in-law, Fritz Gould, spending time on amateur radio, traveling and camping, computers and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Clarion and attended Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale while living in Florida.
Dick is survived by his wife, Donna; three sons and their wives: Tim and Linda Evans, Tom and Donna Evans, Jim and Val Evans; and seven grandchildren; sister Janet Gould (sister-in-law) and her children, one grandchild; nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Neta and George Evans; and two younger brothers, John and George Jr.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Dental Association, First Lutheran Church in Clarion, or a church of a donorīs choice.