Joseph Evans

Joseph Evans Jr.

Monday, October 14th, 2019
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Obituary of Joseph Evans, Jr.
Joseph Evans, Jr. age 91, of Vandalia, died peacefully Monday afternoon, October 14, 2019, in the comfort of his family’s presence in Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born September 2, 1928 inMissouri the third of seven children born to Joseph and Azell Evans, Sr. He married Clara King Evans July 19, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. She preceded him in death on August 4, 1994.

Joe was a business man, having partnership in a construction company, J and J, as well as owning the Vandalia Lounge for over 20 years. He will always be known for the original “Joe Burger.” Joe was a loving, caring, and giving man to everyone. He enjoyed being supportive of the various sports and activities of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He loved Jazz music, dancing, and shooting pool.

Joe will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by three sons, Ricky (Teresa) Evans of Cassopolis, Joseph Evans, III of Chicago, James (Lisa) Ladd of Dallas, Texas; seven granddaughters; four grandsons; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters, Rosalie Puckett and Dorothy J. Smith both of Vandalia; one brother, James G. Evans of Dayton, Ohio; one special nephew Lawrence Denard Croom of Vandalia; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two daughters; two sons; two brothers, Virgil L. Evans, Sr., Chester Evans; and one sister, Delores Evans.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis.

Mr. Evans’ will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Joe be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231 (

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online:
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    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 |
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019
    Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funeral
    202 North Broadway Street
    Cassopolis, Michigan
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Cathy LaPointe

Posted at 12:00am
Joe was a regular visitor to the Cass County Democratic Party headquarters in Cass. He would cruise our thrift shop and always buy something, no matter how small. There was not much political talk, just chatting, laughing, a welcome visitor. We'll miss Joe in so many ways, good bye dear friend. My deepest condolences to Joe's family.

Underground Railroad Society of Cass County

Posted at 12:00am
Our deepest condolences to Joe's family. He's part of the legacy of the Bonine House and Joe will always be remembered there for his beautiful work and beautiful spirit. We will miss him.

Patricia Vaughn

Posted at 12:00am
Sincere Sympathy to the Loving Family of Joe Evans. He was truly a good friend that you could always rely on whenever you called him. He will greatly be missed but held lovingly in our hearts

Susan Matthews

Posted at 12:00am
Joe has been a long time friend who was always a blessing to have in my life he will be greatly missed my sincere condolences to the rest of the family I know from our conversation how much he loves All of you

Lewis and Frankie Jackson

Posted at 12:00am
I was sad when I found out that my buddy is gone. Our sincere condolences to the Evans Family from our Family.

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