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Ralph J. Evans

June 15, 2020

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Ralph J. Evans

June 15, 2020


Ralph J. Evans, 73, of Hanover Township, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Paul J. and Antoinette M. DeFalco Evans.  Ralph was a 1965 graduate of Hanover Township High School.  He proudly served as a U.S. Air Force Veteran during the Vietnam War. Ralph later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and with the 109th Field Artillery National Guard for many years.


Ralph was employed as a corrections officer at the State Correctional Institute Dallas.


He was a devoted member of St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church in Ashley and its Holy Name Society.  Ralph was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion Post# 815.


Ralph is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Heck Evans and by his daughters, Heather Roche and her husband, Jeffrey, Dupont and Hollie Evans and her fiancé, Adam Mihalchik, Hanover Township; his precious granddaughter, Olivia Mihalchik; sisters, Peggy Maciun and her husband, Thomas, Ashley and Kimberly Grundowski, Dallas; nieces and nephews, Michelle Reilly and her husband, Michael, Megan Balara and her husband, Brian, Melissa Liebner and her husband, Josh, Paul Grundowski and his wife, Vanessa and Scott Grundowski and his wife, Bailey.


Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 9:15 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 am in St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan Street, Ashley.  Rev. Vincent Dang will officiate.  Interment with Military Honors will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 – 8 pm.


Those attending the visitation at the funeral home and the mass at the church are required to wear a mask and abide by the state social distancing requirements.


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Dedicated Fund, 33 Manhattan Street, Ashley, PA  18706 or to the Sean P. Kane Memorial Fund, c/o the Luzerne Foundation, 34 South River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Ralph’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.