BLUE SPRINGS-Memorial visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral home in Kansas City, Mo. for James Larry “Cowboy” Evans, 74, Blue Springs, who died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at his home.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Sharon Evans; five children, Sheri of Raymore, Tracy of Overland Park, Kan., Angie of Kennewick, Wash., Shelly of Blue Springs and Aaron of Kennewick, Wash.; three sisters, Marlene of Kennewick, Wash., Darlene of Lamar and Charlene of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Morris of Independence; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Evans was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Lamar, to James Willie and Faye (Harley) Evans. He retired from the Ford Claycomo Plant in 2009 after 18 years as a pipefitter. He was known as “Cowboy” because he wore cowboy hats, shirts and boots every day. Just before retirement he bought a small farm in Cameron and started a horse farm, breeding the Hancock line of quarter horses. He had 17 horses. In the last two years he had sold all of his stock except for his stallion that he called “Pal”.
During his life he worked in many parts of the country as a pipefitter welder. He started his welding training in his father’s welding shop in Lamar. He was a hull tech in the Navy for four active years on the U.S.S. Bennington and then spent 36 plus years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as Chief Petty Officer. He was assigned to the Sub Base Pearl Unit out of Kansas City, Mo. His two weeks active duty each year was in Hawaii.