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Joseph Henry Evans (Joe)

The world lost a gentle soul with a big heart, a mischievous smile, and absolute love for his wife and family. Joseph Henry Evans (Joe) left this world on January 1, 2020 upon entering his 80th year.

Born to Jim and Ella (Swift) Evans on March 9, 1940. After high school, Joe left Farmington, IL on his way to the United States Marine Corp. He shared that the Marines made him the man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend he was. He proudly served as a USMC Corporal E4 Company Clerk, 1958-1961, and was a member of the American Legion Post 140 in Farmington, IL.

Joe married Connie Bigliazzi on April 20, 1963. Being a husband and life partner with Connie and Dad to Erin (Mark) Evans Meyer, Cass (Gary) Evans Christensen, and Clark (Christine) Evans was the most important part of his life. He taught the values of trust, honesty, love, hard work, community, and to have fun along the way to his kids who have carried those values onto their children.

He loved his work as a lineman at CILCO, retiring in January 1997 after 30 years of service. Giving back to his community was near and dear to his heart. Joe was an active member of the Farmington Fire Rescue Squad serving as a Charter EMT (1967-1993). He provided holiday cheer to parents and children every Christmas Eve for 26 years as Santa Claus and shared his beautiful singing voice in the St. Matthews Catholic Church choir as well as Peoria Civic Chorale. He spent countless hours coaching his children in their sporting endeavors and enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their various activities and athletics.

Joe is survived by his wife, children, and eight grandchildren: Emily and Maggie Meyer, Joe (Allie) and Sam Christensen, and Colton, Colby, Ethan, and Emma Evans. Siblings include Carol (Bob) Danz, Jim (Pat) Evans, Linda (Rocky) Morgan, Tom (Peg) Evans, Bob Evans (deceased); and several nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 8 PM. Funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington where a visitation will be held from 9:30 AM to time of service. Father Daniel Ebker will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Burial will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gary MackVicar and his team at the Illinois Cancer Care and Unity Point Methodist nurses, Sara, Kelly, and Kayla.

Joe would like to share his love for the community with memorials made to Camp Big Sky, Farmington Rescue Squad 1100, Farmington Academic Foundation, or The Greater Peoria Honor Flight in his memory.



  • Patricia Welker

    Reply January 2, 2020 5:50 pm

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was all you said in his obituary, a kind, nice guy. There aren’t too many of those anymore.

  • Jane Johns

    Reply January 2, 2020 6:04 pm

    Loved the man, love his family. Joe will remain in our hearts and in sharing “Joe stories”…He was truly one of a kind

  • Jerry & Connie Grupas

    Reply January 2, 2020 6:09 pm

    So sorry for your lose, prayers for all. Semper fi.

  • George Meacham

    Reply January 2, 2020 6:39 pm

    I met Joe at the Y an really enjoyed talking to him. He really loved his family. He had alot of friends at the Y. God Bless Joe an his family.

  • Karen Wilson

    Reply January 2, 2020 9:46 pm

    Joe was a friend and a classmate of ‘58 . We will miss his kindness and humor and our hearts ache for Connie and their children and family as they grasp their loss.
    Joe, you made us proud to call you friend. God made you special❣️
    Farmington is grieving. 😢

  • Eula M Arnett

    Reply January 2, 2020 11:16 pm

    Connie you have my deepest sympathy. I will not be able to attend services as I am leaving for Florida tomorrow.
    Connie you and your great family will really miss him.

    Prayers for all of you.

  • John Hagen

    Reply January 3, 2020 4:20 am

    A stand up man. Great to have known him. Prayers for the family.

  • Michelle Meehan

    Reply January 3, 2020 7:06 am

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers with all the family

  • Dayle Sarnes

    Reply January 3, 2020 7:06 am

    Connie and family,

    I know he will be missed very much at the YMCA. He always had a smile on! I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Kristie Bigliazzi

    Reply January 3, 2020 8:54 am

    Connie and family, I am so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Kate Kenny

    Reply January 3, 2020 10:06 am

    Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

  • Larry and Charlene Chatman

    Reply January 3, 2020 12:05 pm

    Connie and family, we are so sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. He was a true friend and wonderful human being. Because we moved out of state many years ago we hadn’t seen or been with you other than one or two class reunions but we’ve managed to keep in touch by email. We’re going to miss those emails from Joe but we hope you’ll continue to keep in touch, Connie. Our sincere thoughts are with you and your wonderful family at this difficult time.

  • Jim & Sandy Boyer

    Reply January 3, 2020 12:28 pm

    The world lost a good and kind man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Connie and the family. Rest in Peace Joe.

  • Janet liming

    Reply January 3, 2020 12:34 pm

    Cass and family, I am deeply sorry to learn of the passing of your father. The tribute to him within his obituary speaks volumes for your father and the legacy he leaves behind. May your hearts be happy knowing his suffering is over and that eternal life is his reward and may he find peace knowing he can now watch over you from above. My love to you.

  • Kelly Long Family

    Reply January 3, 2020 5:55 pm

    Sending our deepest condolences.

  • Tony and Diannne Morton

    Reply January 3, 2020 9:54 pm

    Joe was one of best person ever met. Will be truly missed by all. Our prayers are with all.

  • Pat Wodka

    Reply January 4, 2020 2:07 pm

    Joe was truly one of the finest people on the planet. His love and service to others will not be forgotten. His emails kept us in touch with our dear Farmington friends and kept us tied to our roots. Our love for this gentle soul makes the parting so heartbreaking but we’re lifted up by knowing he is now in Paradise! Our deepest sympathy to you Connie and to your whole family. Love & prayers.

  • Jacque (Atkins) Werry & JoyceFeikert

    Reply January 4, 2020 2:51 pm

    Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing . In high school he and several Farmington boys would hitch a ride with the Lucky Boy Bread semi driver to come to Norris and play base ball at our house. Also visited with him at KMart cafereria in later years after he had been to the YMCA. Prayers to all.

  • Patti Bach

    Reply January 4, 2020 11:16 pm

    Connie and family. I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great guy. My prayers are with you.

  • John and Tanya Grabel

    Reply January 6, 2020 5:44 pm

    Will miss Joe

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