Basil Evans

Obituary of Basil Evans

Richard “Basil” Evans was born on February 23, 1927 in Trochu, AB, to W.T. & Jennie Evans. He was the 5th of 6 children. Basil attended Creekside School for his elementary years through Grade 9 and then attended Prairie High School, graduating in 1946. As a young lad, with coaxing from his sister Esther, Basil accepted the Lord Jesus into his heart. He followed this commitment through his entire life. After High School, he helped his dad farm; and also bought his own gravel truck, working with Linden Contractors. He then started working at Pennocks Garage, doing a variety of jobs. It is here where he met the love of his life, Margaret “Peggy” Toews. Basil drove a 1958 Edsel, which caught Peggy’s eye when she filled up her car with gas there. It didn’t take long for him to work up the nerve to ask her on a date. They were married on March 18, 1961 at the Little Church in Drumheller. They moved to the farm where they raised their children, Terry, Michelle, and Sherryl. Basil farmed with his brother John, until his retirement. Bruce still talks about the harvest that Basil was his trucker, at age 75, learning to drive the tandem and moving up and down those steps like a 40-year-old. Basil was very proud of his Welsh heritage. Anyone who knew him well, knew he was a “full-blooded Welshman”. Basil had a compassionate heart for both people and animals. He would feed every stray cat that came in the yard. He would lend a helping hand to anyone who asked, replacing tires, pulling neighbours out of the ditch, or helping take a crop off. Basil enjoyed gardening, and much to Peggy’s dismay would plant the garden full of potatoes. He was known by all for his keen sense of humour. The staff at the Long-Term Care in Three Hills talked about his humour often. Basil was known, not just by his grandchildren, but to many as TYDE, which is Welsh for Grandpa. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and he was proud of every one of them. Basil will be missed and fondly remembered by his wife, Margaret “Peggy”; son, Terry (Louise), of Three Hills, AB; daughter, Michelle (Larry) Hodgson of Cobble Hill, BC; and daughter Sherryl (Bruce) Weigum, of Three Hills, AB Grandchildren, Chantelle (Andrew) Boffey, Richard (Kaitlin) Evans, Christopher (Diana) Evans; Zachary (Cera) Hodgson, Jonathan Hodgson; Keely (Clinton) Nigh and Jenne (Mackenzie) Bauer And 9 Great-Grandchildren, Teagan, Arlo, Molly, Winnifred, & Esme Evans; Charlie, William, & Aliza Boffey; and Hudson Nigh. Along with nieces & nephews from far and wide. He was pre-deceased by his mom and dad, brothers John & Harvey, sisters Margery, Esther, and Ann. We want to say a special thank you to the staff of the Three Hills Long Term Care Facility. You have become FAMILY to us these last 2 and a half years. You always treated dad with respect and dignity, singing “You are my sunshine” every night with him as you got him ready for bed. We appreciate each one of you.
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Saturday
25
July

Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Mount Olive Evangelical Free Church
705 6th Avenue South
Three Hills, Alberta, Canada
Service is FAMILY ONLY and may be streamed at www.mountoliveefc.com/evans
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