|Dr. George O. Evans II|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:52|
Dr. George O. Evans II of Greenville, NC, died on Friday, May 31, at the age of 70.
George was born and raised in Fostoria, OH, and was a proud member of the 1960 final graduating class of Risingsun High School, where he served as valedictorian and excelled on the basketball court.
He and his family were active members of the High Street United Methodist Church and the local farming community.
Following in the path of his father, George was equally comfortable in a classroom as he was in a soybean field. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Florida State University. After leaving Tallahassee, he completed post-doctoral work first at the University of Alberta and then at the University of Alabama, where he met his future wife, Vicki.
George served as a professor of chemistry at SUNY Fredonia from 1973-1979, before joining the faculty of East Carolina University until his retirement in 2010. A distinguished chemist and passionate educator, George was beloved by his students, many of whose lives he changed with his teaching, and with whom he maintained contact long after they left the classroom.
He was preceded in death by his father, George O. Evans, his mother, Florence Ethel Manecke Evans, his sister, Malinda Evans, his aunt, Leona Manecke, and his first grandchild, Remy Evans Coggeshall.
George is survived by his wife of 40 years, Vicki Loftis Evans of Greenville, NC, his sister, Louanne Miller and husband Marvin of Bay Village, OH, his nephew, Jeffrey Miller and wife Brenda and their children Nathan and Erika of Callaway, MD, his nephew, Trent Miller and wife Michele and their daughters Catherine, Sarah and Michaela of Chicago, IL, and George and Vicki's daughter, Lori Evans Coggeshall and husband David, and the sunshine of his life, their granddaughter, Alexandra James Coggeshall, of Los Angeles.
George was a compassionate and witty man of character, devoted to his family, friends and students, and he will be remembered in the hearts of all who loved and learned from him.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 7, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mann-Hare-Hoening Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, with funeral services to begin at 1 p.m., with Rev, Dan Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Fountain Cemetery in Fostoria.
Memorials in his honor can be made to the Hancock County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
At a later date, there will be a celebration of his life in Greenville, NC.
Online expressions of sympathy, fond memories, or photos may be shared by visiting www.mann-harefh.com.
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