Armstead Joseph Evans Jr., 92
Armstead Joseph Evans Jr., formerly of Blackfoot, Idaho and recently of Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, Oregon, passed away at 92 of natural causes Aug. 7, 2014.
AJ was born March 12, 1922 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, to Armstead Joseph Evans Sr. and Thelma Alma Mitchell. He was the first of four children.Â As a young boy, he moved to a farm near Valley Falls, Kansas where the Evans clan was well established.Â While in college at Kansas State Jack enlisted in the US Army Air Force and served as a B24 pilot and squadron leader in the South Pacific during World War II.
Jack and â€śMickieâ€ť (Mary Evelyn MacQueen of Manhattan, Kansas) were married Sept 12,1945.Â AJ used his engineering skills in the potato industry and Mickie applied her HomeEc degree to rearing their six children.
In 1947 they moved to Blackfoot, Idaho to begin a life-long involvement in potato processing and family life.Â Jack managed Idaho Potato Starch Company in Blackfoot.Â He served as president of Idaho Potato Processors for several years.Â He was a scoutmaster for many years.
Jack and Mickie helped start churches in Manhattan and in Blackfoot.Â They were joyfully committed to serving Jesus Christ wherever they went.
In 1975 Jack and Mickie moved to Norwalk, Connecticut where Jack commuted to New York City to work as a vice president for a large food processing corporation.Â He consulted for numerous international companies. They moved to Lousiville, Kentucky where he managed several food processing plants.Â They moved to Winnemucca, Nevada where Jack managed a Krakawâ€™s large potato farm and extensive potato processing operation.Â Throughout the years he helped start several small businesses.Â Â
In 1992 they retired and moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Oregon.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife Mickie, his brother Harry Joe and his sister Thelma Ann (Mitchell).Â His sister Mary Laura (Dickhute) lives in Hudson, Wyoming.
Jack is survived by all six of his children and their children.
He has 12 grandchildren;Â 23 great- grandchildren; and 1 great-great- grandchild.
There will be a graveside service at the Grove City cemetery at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2014.Â For a more detailed obituary and further information see the website:Â Â www.armsteadjevans.us.