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James Eugene Evers

August 25, 1937 April 18, 2021
James Eugene Evers
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James Eugene Evers, 83, of East Peoria, IL died April 18, 2021. He was born August 25, 1937 in Peoria, IL to Carl Robert and Bertie Abbott Evers.

He married Elizabeth Jean Betteridge in Peoria on January 21, 1956; she survives. Also surviving are one son, James D. Evers of Treasure Island, FL; one daughter, Janette M. Evers Carson of Pekin, IL; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one brother, Sidney R. Evers of Grove City, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant brother; one sister, Barbara Ann and one infant grandson, Ryan Michael Crosiar.

He was an extremely hard worker, a history buff, a storyteller & a charmer. He loved to travel with his wife, drive a stick shift, jump out of airplanes, debate politics, work on cars & study genealogy. He loved a good backyard party, had a sense of humor like no other & had an infectious belly laugh to go along with it!

He taught his children & grandchildren how to drive, shoot, fish & many other important life lessons such as how to get back up when life knocks you down! He absolutely loved & valued hugs from his family over any material thing; his legacy is & always will be his love for his family!!

He was a member of the 169th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Illinois Air National
Guard, at Peoria serving from 1954 to 1958 in the weapons section and ten years in the United States Air Force Reserve.

He was theatre manager of Corn Stock Theatre for 14 years and past Vice-President of Peoria Players Theatre. He was active as an actor and performed in theatre productions at Peoria Players, Corn Stock Theatre, CST Lab and The Bertha Frank Theatre in Morton plus many local and national commercials, industrial films including Caterpillar, Inc., DuPont, Corp., and national TV productions, including PBS's "Life on The Mississippi" and the lead in "Americas Most Wanted."

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, the Illinois State Rifle Association and past member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was a past member of the East Peoria Riverfront Development Commission, and past member of the Advisory Board for Arts Alive magazine.

Cremation has been accorded. He was baptized Catholic but had no recent church affiliation.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes or St. Jude in his name.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com

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