Richard R. Evans, 86, a longtime resident of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester on April 3,2018 after a short illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years June T. (Andzenas) Evans and son, Richard J. Evans, MD. He was the son of Harold and Hazel (Drewes) (Evans) Karpin. and was born in Chicago. He enlisted in the army in 1948 initially serving as a cook and retiring in 1968 as a technical sergeant in nuclear weapons. He was a veteran of the Korean War earning a combat infantryman's badge and also served in Germany, Italy, and in the States of Massachusetts (Ft. Devens), New York and Texas.
He later entered Civil Service at Ft. Devens where he served for 20 years as a logistics manager. After his retirement he travelled extensively with his family visiting many nations including Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, the Soviet Union, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, Malta, Germany, Greece, Turkey, numerous Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada and Tunisia. He particularly loved vacationing in Hawaii, England, Canada and Gibraltar which were often the sites of family gatherings.
He loved working on his home and yard and was an enthusiastic science fiction fan. He also enjoyed big band music. He loved to cook and entertain at his home, and was an exceptional host, delighting in preparing elaborate meals for friends. In his younger days, he loved roller skating at Whalom Park, and it was there that he first met his wife June. For many years he enjoyed flying with his son whose plane was based at Fitchburg Airport. They made many trips along the east coast from Maine to Maryland, and frequently flew to Martha's Vinyard, and Nantucket. He also had owned a motor home which he drove to Yellowstone National Park and other national monuments.
A funeral service will be held at the Lavery Chartrand Alario Funeral Home 99 Summer St. Fitchburg on Saturday April 7,2018 @ 11a.m. . A calling hour will be prior to the service from 10 until 11a.m. Interment will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Shirley, MA. Donations can be made to The Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St, Worcester MA 01609, attn. Der Aved Terzian, Pastor.