Alan ‘Al’ Evans


Alan ‘Al’ Evans


Alan Evans
Alan Evans

Alan “Al” Evans was born on Jan. 2, 1933, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Fred and Gertrude (Gelling) Evans, and lived there until he graduated from high school. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he wrestled and played football, eventually receiving his master’s degree in education. (Go Jacks!)

After college, Al proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as an infantry captain, and loved the time he spent in Germany.

Al was always involved in sports, especially football and wrestling. He participated in and coached both sports. He wrestled his way to the Olympic Final Trials in college and professionally wrestled with tag team friend Vern Gagne out of Minneapolis. Coaching was a great love, and he did it for many years, from junior high school to the professional Canadian League (all the way to the Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders).

Al married his wife, Sherry, in Aberdeen in 1960, and they moved from coast to coast before settling in Billings in the ’70s, where Al started his own oil and gas leasing business. He loved meeting and “visiting” with many mineral owners in North and South Dakota and Montana. (He was a good visitor!)

He had many and varied interests, among which were gardening, watercolor painting, dogs, singing, practical jokes and recalling stories. He cherished his friends, both new and old, and made it a point to keep in touch with many and from far away.

He and Sherry were among charter members of Shiloh United Methodist Church, and Al loved being part of The Walk to Emmaus.

He died on Sept. 30, 2015, in Billings Clinic, of natural causes.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Donna; and brother Bill. He is survived by his wife Sherry (and his dogs Daisy and Sunshine).

A celebration of Al’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road, followed by a light lunch.

There will be a private service and burial in Albuquerque, N.M., at a later date.

Donations in Al’s name may be made to Shiloh Church or the wrestling program (c/o the athletic dept.) at South Dakota State University, Brookings.

He leaves lots of fun memories and huge holes in many hearts. He led a blessed, fun and spirit-filled life.

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  1. Sherry and family, I was sad to hear of Al’s passing. I served with him on the Walt to Emmaus. He invited me to serve on Team the year after I attended. I remember one of our skits during the weekend involved a surprise baptism during one of the weekend sessions.

    Al mentored so many men and young men and helped them on their faith journey.

    Blessings to you all as you grieve your loss. We all know where he went and I can only wait until I get to meet him again.


    Mark Stevens

  2. Sherry…think of how Jesus smiled when He welcomed Al to heaven! He gave him a big hug and said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant! Come and see
    all that I have prepared for you!” Al is doing just that! …reveling in the joys of heaven and continuing to serve his Savior! Our time here grows short and we will soon meet again there! It will be a wonderful day!
    Love and blessings, Linda Sago

  3. Deepest condolences to the Evans family. Al and I went through Simmons Junior High and Central High School together in the same graduating class in Aberdeen, SD. He seems to have live a full life. I know he will be missed by his loved ones and friends – and by me as a memory of a fellow classmate. Orval Dahme, Bloomington, IL

  4. Sherry
    I just heard about Al passing away. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Al & I shared many days & hours together between Billings & Wolf Point not too many years ago where he was introducing me to the Landman business. At that point in time, that employment meant a great deal to me and my family, I really appreciated his great experience, knowledge and love for the business. Because we were both old athletes we shared many old experiences. It was great to get to know Al better during that time.
    Sherry, thank you for your and Al’s wonderful hospitality & friendship over the years..
    With Love & Prayers for you.
    Hans & Marilyn Fedge

  5. Sherry—sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Chuck has been gone over 2 1/2 years with mesothelioma and we still miss him every day. They, Vern & Jerry G are having a Shiloh reunion I bet. Many good stories and jokes they are telling maybe? Love to you

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