CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Philip John Evans died peacefully on April 15, at the age of 92.
Philip loved many things in his long life – classical music, literature, movies, numismatics, history, and an active life of the mind. But above all he loved his family, which he often said was his greatest accomplishment.
He was married for over 70 years to Ruby Bentz Evans, the love of his life. Together, Ruby and Phil raised two sons, Mark (Peggy) and Jim (Joan). Ruby and both sons count having had such a wonderful husband and father for so long one of the great blessings of their life.
Philip was the youngest of eight siblings and was born and raised in Alpena, where he met Ruby during high school. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and then spent his career with Amoco Oil company. He and Ruby resided in Huron, Bloomington, Minn., Prairie Village, Kan., and finally in N.C., for the past 20 years.
Philip and Ruby had a special affinity for The Black Hills of South Dakota and spent many blissful days at the family cabin there, imparting a love for that region to his sons.
He leaves behind his wife, two sons, one brother, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many who will remember him lovingly. He will be dearly and deeply missed.