Richard Evans

Passed: July 03, 2023


Richard Paul Evans of Glendale, Arizona passed away July 3, 2023 at the age of 79. He was born July 19, 1943 in Roosevelt, New York to John and Beatrice (Park) Evans, both of whom predeceased him. He was also preceded in death by his wife Patricia Evans, brother John Evans, and sister Carol Thompson. Richard is survived by his daughter Tasha Evans, sons Sam, Brian, and Kenneth Evans, as well as two grandchildren Renae and Dyllan Ridpath. He also leaves behind his extended family and many friends.

Richard grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He became a proud member of the United States Army and served in Germany. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a degree in electrical engineering. Richard was living in Ohio when he married Patricia Ann Meister in 1975 and together, they raised their four children. The family moved from Ohio to Arizona in 1985. Richard worked for APS at the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, but his favorite job was retirement. He was a member of the American Legion and the NRA.

He wasn’t much help in the kitchen, but he could grill a mean steak. He loved to make people laugh with his off-the-wall humor. In his free time, he enjoyed bowling, dancing the jitterbug, and having a beer with friends and family. When his daughter was younger, he would spend time with her horseback riding even though he didn’t really enjoy it. He would also take his sons deer hunting.

Richard was a devout Christian who frequently read the Bible. He was a dedicated family man, whose proudest accomplishments were his family and graduating from college. He could be stubborn and had old fashioned values, but he was also loving and one-of-a-kind. He would bend over backwards for anyone who needed help. People would always say he was a “stand-up guy.” His family always knew how much he cared. He was a constant presence in their lives (like it or not). He made many sacrifices to ensure his family had everything they needed.


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5 responses to Richard Evans

  1. Jan Kulesa says:

    Rich was a very amazing guy. Not only did he make me and my husband feel like family he made my boys feel like they had a another Grandpa. The love he showed all of us was nothing compared to the love he showed and had for Pat and his family. Heaven has another angel.
    Love ,
    Joe, Jan, Bradley, Kevin and
    Our family

  2. Samuel Evans says:

    I could only wish you had more time to enjoy your retirement.
    Very few people know exactly the impact that you had in my life.
    Love always

  3. Our grandfather always made us laugh and smile. The both of us have fond memories of elementary, and occasionally middle school, where he and our grandmother would surprise us at parent pickup, whisking us away for McDonald’s and fun afternoons at their house. I (Renae) remember tearing up whenever we had to leave.

    Holidays were always so much fun as well. Grandpa always made us laugh during these events, making the holidays just that little bit nicer.

    From the bottom of our hearts, we will miss him, and hope wherever he may be now, he will be happy and peaceful.

  4. I always liked talking to you . Always had something positive to say about anything or anybody. May you Rest in Peace Richard. You left all of us way too soon. I will keep your family and friends Indy thoughts and prayers.

  5. Steve Quinn says:

    Spent a lot of time with Rich on and off the job. He was old school and didn’t mind speaking up when something or someone was wrong. He had a heart of gold when someone was in need and would go out of his way to help. Rest in Peace old friend… till we meet again.

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