Dennis Edward Evans

November 17, 1938 - September 10, 2011
Dennis Edward Evans

Dennis Evans, 72, resident of Rocky Point, NC passed away on September 10, 2011 in Wilmington, NC. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Dennis had touched in some small way throughout his long, memorable life. He definitely had a way of making an impression on people with his unique personality.

Dennis was born on November 17, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Jack and Ella Evans. He was raised in Rayville, Louisiana and graduated high school early to join the Air Force when he was 16 years old. He served 20 years. He served in the Vietnam war from 1967-1968. Dennis was a man determined to experience a world outside of his small hometown. He travelled extensively, living in many countries abroad.

Mr. Evans moved with his family back to Tokyo in 1972, where he retired from the military and started a successful car dealership business servicing military personnel. Eventually, he opted to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot, and successfully obtained his license as a flight examiner. He travelled around the world during these years, including Egypt, Istanbul, Africa, Germany, and France.

He returned back to the US about 10 years ago to be close to his family. He was an avid golfer, reader, LSU and Saints fan, and a master teller of bad jokes. He was Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Japan having been a Mason for over 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Masako; daughters, Susan and Denise, and his mother Ella Evans, sister, Susan Tarver, and brother, Malcolm Evans, as well as his grandsons, Evan and Nicholas.

A memorial service, with full military honors, will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Pastor Mark Tippett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington,NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • September 14, 2011
    Howard Manney says:
    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  • September 13, 2011
    Pete Guzman says:
    My heartfelt sympathy for Dennis' family. I only met him briefly when I lived in Memphis and am very good friends with his daughter Susan. We had dinner and fun conversation at a great restuarant on Mud Island. In that brief time, I learned to respect Dennis and I could plainly see that he loved Susan very much. As a fellow vet, I admired Dennis's service to our country and I know that he is in God's loving embrace. God bless him and his family. Pete

  • September 15, 2011
    Phil Ambrose says:
    Denny was a great friend and I was disappointed when I came back to Japan to find he had relocated to the U.S. I thoroughly enjoyed his friendship and will truly miss him.

  • September 16, 2011
    DeLane Miller says:
    I am so sorry about the passing of Mr. Evans. I saw him each year in March or April for the past ten years. He was always so organized and such a pleasant person. I could tell he had a great sense of humor also. He will be missed.

  • September 16, 2011
    Sam Nicklow says:
    Please extend my sympathy to Brother Evans family. Although I never knew him, my heart goes out with much hurt. I am a member of Kokusai #15 since 1976 and may have crossed paths during my time in Japan. Brother Sam Nicklow