Robert ‘Bob’ Evans
Oct. 16, 1934 - Jan. 10, 2014
SPRING HILL, Fla. — Long-time area business man and entrepreneur Robert “Bob” Evans passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014 at his winter home in Spring Hill, Florida, at the age of 79.
Honoring his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral Mass will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Clinton, Iowa. A visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Burial will take place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Holleran, Al Goerdt, Jack Chase, Al Huestis, Ralph Turnbull, John Weber and Danny Florence. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.
Bob was born October 16, 1934, in East St. Louis, Illinois to Charles Gabriel and Minnie (Smith) Evans. He graduated from high school in Rockford, Illinois in 1952. He graduated from Rockford College, acquiring a Bachelor’s of Science degree, in 1961. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in August of 1962. He was married to Beth Hancock-Evans until their divorce. He was then united in marriage to Jackie Schlotfeldt-Wise on March 4, 1991.
In August 1960, Bob joined the family owned newspaper, the Clinton Herald, and in 1967 was named publisher until 1980. For 35 years he was on the Board of Directors for Clinton National Bank, President of - the Iowa Daily Press, W.J. Young Company, Clinton Chamber of Commerce , Clinton Airport Commission, The United Way, Clinton Area Development Commission, Advisors Board of Mount Saint Clare College.
He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, The National Journalism Board, One of the founders of Clinton Cable T.V., two times owner of Valley Oaks Golf Course, Developer of Valley Oaks subdivision, and several others. He was also the owner of the Carousal Restaurant, Business Jets International, Tri-County Implement in DeWitt.