James Ronald Evans, age 78, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away to join his wife and be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at his residence. He was born on May 3, 1942 the son of James P. Evans and Rose (Whitcomb) Bowman. James graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and attended Argubright Business College. He married the love of his life, Georgelyn “Jo” (Henckel) Evans on July 6, 1963 and lived happily in matrimony for nearly 54 years.
James was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. He was a hard worker who owned several Ben Franklin and variety stores before returning to real estate where he helped many in the Battle Creek community achieve their dream of owning their own home through land contracts. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything. He was a strong provider who always strived to make a better life for his family and created many lasting memories traveling the country with them. He will be missed dearly, and will forever be in our hearts.
James is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (Michael) Brown; son, James D. (Denise) Evans; grandchildren, Mikey and Travis Brown; Hannah, Sarah, and Caleb Evans; sister, Carol Adams; stepbrothers, Charles (Diane) Hobbs; Ed Hobbs; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgelyn “Jo”; his parents; stepbrother, George Hobbs; and brother-in-law, Paul Adams.
At this time, cremation has taken place and no services are being held. However, please feel free to leave a personal message or memory on the Memory Wall at www.bachmanhebble.com