Nanwalek resident and Alaska Native Roy James Evans Jr. died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at his home in Nanwalek. He was 47.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, at Sts. Sergius and Herman Orthodox Church in Nanwalek. Father Sergie Active officiated. Burial was in the Nanwalek Cemetery. Pallbearers included Kurtis Evans, Jesse Evans, Kadeon Evans, Ephim Moonin, Peter Ukatish, Jefferson Jacob Evans and Rodney Evans.
Mr. Evans was born Oct. 4, 1960, in Fairbanks. He grew up in and received his education at English Bay Elementary/High School. He also served in the U.S. Navy.
He worked as a commercial fisherman, VPSO in Nanwalek, postal clerk, and on Firewise Protection, a salmon enhancement project, as a logger and longshoreman.
Mr. Evans was a member of Sts. Sergius and Herman Russian Orthodox Church and the English Bay Band. He also was a volunteer EMS-first responder.
He was an artist, loved cooking, being on the computer and Internet, hunting and the Minnesota Vikings.
"He cared about life, culture and subsistence way of life in Alaska. He loved to learn about his roots. He helped his loved ones to live life to its fullest. He had a great knowledge of music and history. He was a loving family man and taught his family traditional lifestyle choices. He will be greatly missed," his family said.
Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his father, Roy J. Evans Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Evans; daughters, Teresa Cook, Stephanie Berestoff, Tina Evans, Elizabeth Evans, Elaine Evans and Charlotte Evans, all of Nanwalek; son, Gabriel Evans, of Nanwalek; grandchildren, Nadia, Stephanita, Michael and David, all of Nanwalek; sister, Anita Evans of Anchorage; brothers, Thomas, Vincent and Jeffery Evans, of Nanwalek, and Linus and Sam Wilson, of Anchorage; mother and stepfather, Teresa and Rod Wilson of Anchorage; aunts, Paula Evans and Elaine Long, of Fairbanks, and Ethel Smith of Fox; and uncle, Richard Smith of Fox.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai assisted the family with arrangements.
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