Walter Wilson Evans


Walter Wilson Evans of Wilson, NY, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Wilson, NY, on December 12, 1924, he was a son of the late Ralph S. and Ruth L. (Wilson) Evans.
He attended local schools where he played baseball and basketball, graduating in 1942. He also played baseball and basketball for the town teams in the 1940's. Walter lived for 63 years on Randall Rd. in Wilson, the site of the family farm which he bought from his father in 1956. He loved hunting in Driftwood, PA, with family members, and at 10 years old helped build the family cabin. He operated the fruit farm from 1950-1994 taking the produce to the Clinton-Bailey Market in Buffalo where he sold it for 35 years. He always said the market was the best place to get a financial education and build a reputation.
Walter served on the Wilson School Board for three years and 18 years on the Wilson Town Board (eight years as Supervisor and 10 years as Councilman). He also served as head of the ditching committee, directing the cleaning and building of 35 miles of town ditches. Walter was on the agricultural committee at the Niagara County Cooperative Extension in the late 1960's and the Clinton-Bailey Market board for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley A. (Owens) Evans. They were married May 14, 1949. Also surviving are his children,Dr. Paul (Betsy) Evans of St. Petersburg, FL, Mary Lou (Greg) Carter of Cambria, NY, and Sue Anne (David) Polasky of Rochester, NY; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Predeceasing Walter are two brothers, Whitney J. Evans, in 1997, and Merle R. Evans, in 1940. His son, James, and wife, Maureen (O'Connor) Evans, in 2017 and 2010; his son, David, and wife, Vicki (Valery) Evans,in 2015 and 1992; his granddaughters, Rebecca and Kristina Evans In 1992.
Published on March 27, 2019
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Gary Vanderwalker
Apr 03, 2019
A truly wonderful person and admired by many.
Allison Evans Callaway
Apr 03, 2019
Walter was my grandfather Whit's brother. Both men were inspirational examples of solid, good people - as were their parents Ruth and Ralph. I enjoyed reuniting with Uncle Walter and Aunt Shirley a few summers ago at their home. Uncle Walt had such a wonderful sense of humor. I know he will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to Aunt Shirley and their children and grandchildren.
Norma Ward
Apr 02, 2019
I am so very sorry to learn of Walter's passing. He was always such a fine and positive person, who loved his family deeply. My deepest sympathy to Shirley and all the family. God bless you with joyful memeries. Hugs, Norma Ward
Lynn Culverwell
Mar 28, 2019
What a wonderful man. Sorry for your loss!
Mar 28, 2019
George R Berger
Mar 28, 2019
My sympathy to the family. Walt was one of the finest men I have known. He was an inspiration to me.
Clara Thompson
Mar 28, 2019
Walter has always been someone that I looked up to. His faith and God's love was such a part of his time with us all. His legacy is one to be remembered with pride. Hopefully he will be getting our Wilson reunion ready for us in heaven. Love to all as we celebrate his going home. Proud to be his first cousin.
Jan and Dave Jordan
Mar 27, 2019
You and Jack can talk apples again. Rest In Peace Walter.
Dale Brooks Sells
Mar 27, 2019
Walter Evans was always so kind to the friends of his children. He and Shirley were amazing people and they brightened up the lives of young people with whom they interacted. Mr. Evans always shared a smile and a kind world. So sad to hear of his passing, condolences to the family.
Kenneth McArthur
Mar 27, 2019
Marylou and Greg,
Sorry for your loss. RIP Walt
Kim & Steve Cain
Mar 27, 2019
Had so much fun reminiscing with Uncle Putt and
Aunt Shirley on our last visit. We laughed and laughed together hearing their "bygone days" stories. Uncle Putt kept saying "Tell them the story about.......Shirley!!!" Such precious memories. Love and Hugs!!!!
Harley Wilson Bowman - First Cousin
Mar 27, 2019
Joan and I send our sympathy and love to Walters family. He will be greatly missed, especially at the Annual Wilson Reunion.
Mary polsky, Denmark, ac
Mar 27, 2019
I an jim pilaaky'a wife. I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers!
Sylvia Gormley
Mar 27, 2019
May the eldest grandchild of Frank and Edith Cook Wilson rest in peace.
Frank francioli
Mar 27, 2019
Rest in peace Walt... I will miss our talks at lakeside.. Prayers for the family