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 Merrill Brown Evans

Merrill Brown Evans

Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Death 13 Jun 2008 (aged 85)
Waukee, Dallas County, Iowa, USA
Burial Van Meter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA
Plot Wall 1 Row A Site 26
Memorial ID 27764925 · View Source
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Merrill B. Evans, 85, of Waukee, Iowa, died on June 13, 2008, at his home.

Mr. Evans retired as Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Farm Bureau Financial Services in 1987 preceded by his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1979 as a Major General.

He was the only son of the late Leon and Florence Evans of Jackson, Ohio. His father Leon was an internationally recognized banker, civic leader, world traveler, and government advisor and writer.

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on June 16, 1922, Mr. Evans grew up on a farm in Jackson County. He was active in 4-H Club and graduated from Jackson High School in 1940 with honors in academics and sports. He was inducted into the Jackson High School Hall of Honor in 1989.

He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS, MS, and PhD in Agricultural Economics and authored and/or co-authored more than 20 articles published by the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station on different phases of Ohio agriculture. His academic positions at Ohio State included Assistant Professor, Instructor and Research Assistant, and he was an Associate Professor/Marketing Extension Specialist in Agricultural Business at Michigan State University. He was inducted into the National Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta, in 1947 and received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" in 1974.
In 1958 he moved to Des Moines where he joined the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies as Director of the Marketing Research Corporation advancing to Vice President, Marketing Research and Director of Administrative Services. In 1982 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Farm Bureau Family of Financial Planning Services continuing in this position until his retirement in 1987.

General Evans had a long and distinguished military career of 37 years in the U.S. Army advancing in rank from private to Major General. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II as a field artillery commander in the Philippines and Japan. He was inducted into the Artillery School Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the Quartermaster School Hall of Fame at Fort Lee, Virginia. He was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with cluster, and numerous other citations during his career. He served as a General Officer for 11 years commanding the 103rd Support Brigade and the 103rd Corps Support Command at Fort Des Moines and the 88th Army Reserve Command at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal upon retirement.

Mr. Evans was active in numerous civic and military organizations including the West Des Moines Rotary, the National Association of Independent Insurers, Reserve Officers Association, American Legion, and was Past President of the Senior Reserve Commanders Association and the Samoyed Club of America.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Rowena and their three sons: James of Benicia, California; David of Germantown, Maryland; and Daniel of Waukee, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, three sisters, and one son, Michael Alan Evans.

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