Evon Eugene Towne, 67, of Marseilles, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 14th at Praise Center Assembly of God in Ottawa. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p. m. at Seals-Campbell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
He was born November 20, 1951, in Ottawa, to Jack and Beatrice (Gunderson) Towne. In 1992, he married Diane Britten of Ottawa who survives.
Evon enlisted in the U.S. Army before graduating with his class and receiving his GED. During his military service, he was stationed in Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. Following his military career, Evon was employed by Caterpillar for thirty-five years as a welder.
Since 1999, his passion for mission trips took him to serve in Jamaica, China, Philippines, and India. After 2013, Evon and Diane spent winters in Goa, India doing ministry in the rural Hyderabad area. This was his love to lead people to our Lord, pray for the sick, and see them healed. He also taught pastors in pastoral conferences. He enjoyed two motorcycle road trips through Vietnam and revisited places he had been during his service.
Evon is survived by wife Diane; one son, Jason (Kelly) Towne of WI; one daughter, Tracy Towne of WI; one step-daughter, Stacy Bedford of IA; seven grandchildren, Alyssa and Nicholas Bedford, Conner Renner, Caleb Fritz, Carter, Mason, and Trenton Towne; one sister, Sandra Lieske of Marseilles; numerous nieces and nephews; and Beverly (Both) Towne Reiland, mother of his children.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Our Savior, Jesus Christ, has destroyed death and brought light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through his servant, Evon.
Memorials may be directed to the family to be used for missions in India.
Seals-Campbell Funeral Home
1009 E. Bluff St., Marseilles, IL 61341