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Wilbur (Willie) Alva Evarts – Edgewood

Wilbur (Willie) Alva Evarts, 90 of Edgewood Iowa, formerly of Marion, went to be with hisLord on
Saturday August 7th, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. A funeral service will be held at 3pm on
Thursday August 19th, 2021 at the Marion First United Methodist Church. A celebration of life will be
held with family and friends following the service at Wanatee Park Cedar Red Lodge from 4:30-7pm. To
watch the service live, go to MarionMethodist.org then to the Watch Live Tab.
Willie Evarts was born in West Concord Minnesota on Sept 28th, 1930; the son of William Evarts and
Elsie Pendergast Evarts. He attended technical school at Mankato, then following his service in the
army during the Korea conflict, he began his fulfilling 50+ year career at Rockwell / Collins in avionics
environmental testing.
Willie enjoyed spending time woodworking, oil painting, playing the piano and restoring
antique vehicles. He participated in Paint’n Pallet Art Club and preserving the Grant Wood
Antioch School house in Anamosa Iowa. He enjoyed traveling the world with his beloved wife Evie.
Most of all he loved spending time with his family, doing things like camping and fishing. After using his
home-made bug device, he would proclaim “there’s not a mosquito within 1000 miles of here!”. He loved
hosting taco parties and fun events like his unique neighborhood flag day celebration. His zest for life
was evident in his joking, storytelling and any excuse to bring people together for fun and fellowship. He
loved teaching and mentoring people, helping them navigate life’s challenges. He made the world’s best
pancakes and cheesy eggs for his grandchildren whenever they stayed over. He was past Master of
Marion Masonic Lodge #6 and a member of the El Kahir Shrine organization and the Marion United
Methodist church. Along with his service to country and community, he was always there to lend a hand,
fix something, provide a ride, or lend an ear to listen. His was a life well lived.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Garth Evarts and sister Arleta (Evarts) Saugen.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife Evelyn (First) Evarts of nearly 70 years (who was often found
holding his hand or greeting him with an affectionate smooch), his son Gary (Kathy) Evarts of
Manchester IA, daughter Lynn (Dan) Hoke of Oakdale MN, and Cindy (Jeff) State Manchester IA


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