Mr. Robert Joseph Evans

  • Born: March 2, 1930
  • Died: May 29, 2013
  • Location: Palm Desert, California

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

44-650 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Tel. (760) 773-6500

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Joseph Evans of Palm Desert, California, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Eisenhower Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Robert (Bob) was born on March 2, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Robert Patrick Evans and Olga Anne Gluck and spent his childhood there. After graduating from Fenwick High School, he served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 playing football (his true passion) for the Army team while stationed in Germany. Following his honorable discharge, he and a buddy set off from Chicago on a road trip to Florida for Spring Break only later deciding to "take a quick detour" to New Orleans in hopes of catching Mardi Gras. After discovering that they were much too late for Mardi Gras, they decided to soak up the night life for a while before heading to Florida. While there, Robert met the love of his life and future wife, Sheila M. Brown on a dance cruise aboard a Mississippi Riverboat. They married a year later, on February 27, 1954 in his hometown of Maywood, Illinois. Bob continued with his passion for football by playing semi-professional ball for many years, until family finally won out. He and Sheila later moved to Southern California to pursue their dreams and start a family. They raised five children: Katherine, Shawn, Bonnie, Jayme and Scott in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Hollywood. After several career moves, Bob retired from Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1998 where he worked as the company's Controller. He was a lifelong sports fan and especially loved his Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Bob was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sheila Evans, his children and their spouses, Katherine Evans, Shawn & Robin Evans, Bonnie Evans, Jayme Evans & Ellen Gyberg, Scott & Laura Evans, and his beloved grandchildren, Brooke Nielsen, Brent Evans, Robert Evans and Matthew Evans.