Evans Folger, 91, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He was born in his grandparents’ home in Berkeley, CA on October 19, 1923 to James Anthony Folger and Eluned Anne Evans Folger. Shortly thereafter, the oil business brought the family to Wichita, KS. There he attended East High School where he became an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master, and following in his father’s footsteps lettered in tennis. Summers were spent teaching sailing and tennis as a counselor at Camp Sosowagaming in Big Bay, MI.
In 1941 Evans entered the architectural school at Kansas University and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, later becoming the fraternity’s Honor Man of the Year in 1985. In 1943 he joined the Army, and was stationed at Camp Robinson near Little Rock, Arkansas where he served on the Commanding General’s Staff and as Firing Range Officer.
In 1945 Evans married his college sweetheart and love of his life Paula Ruth Harris. Together they resumed their college educations both receiving their degrees from the University of Illinois in 1948. On their 25th wedding anniversary they were doubly blessed as they celebrated their marriage and the birth of their only child, daughter Karen Ruth.
They moved to Kansas City in 1948 where he joined the architectural firm of Voskamp & Slezack. Then in 1955 he opened the architectural firm of Folger & Pearson, later expanding to Folger, Pearson, Ellis and Dent designing such projects as the TWA Breach Hostess Academy, NCAA National Office Building, and light industrial facilities in addition to residential architecture. After the deaths of his partners he continued as a one man firm until he retired in 2003.
Evans was a Mayflower descendant, member of the Country Club Christian Church, American Legion, Friends of Art, Scarab Honorary Society, served on various committees at the Carriage Club, was past president of the Rockhill Tennis Club, Metro Club, Disciples Club, and The Vanguard Breakfast Club where he also served for years as Executive Secretary.
Evans had a tremendous zest for life and excelled in planning parties and outings with family and friends. His passion was cooking on his BBQ grill sharing his famous smoked chickens, pork roasts and other fare with friends and neighbors. He enjoyed fine dining and of course a toddy before dinner. He loved sending birthday cards, hunting with friends, fishing with the Jolly Boys and playing Gin Rummy with the guys.
Evans was preceded in death by his mother & father. He leaves his loving wife Paula, daughter & son-in-law Karen Ruth & Scott W. Rankin, granddaughter Lauren Ruth Rankin, and a cousin Dennis Lynton & his family.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, November 15th at Overland Park Funeral Chapel, 8201 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, with service to follow at 11 a.m.. Private Burial. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to American Federation of the Blind, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD, 21230 or Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO, 64145. Please offer condolences at www.overlandparkchapel.com.