Frank D. Evans, of Mora, passed away November 30, 2014. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5th at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 536 Union Street South, in Mora and on Saturday, December 6th an hour before the service. The Celebration of Frank’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 6th at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Mora.
Francis “Frank” David Evans, son of Ralph and Florence (Tiffany) Evans, was born in Shullsburg, WI, September 9, 1944. Frank was the youngest of three boys. He attended Shullsburg grade school until his fourth grade year. His family later moved to White Pine, MI when his father got a job in the copper mines. Frank graduated from Ontonagon High School in Ontonagon, MI, in 1962. After graduation, Frank enlisted in the US Navy. He served as an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician from 1962 to 1965, when he was honorably discharged. In 1965, Frank married Shannah Hallstrom. They were married for 31 years and had two daughters, Lisa and Ann. In 1996, Shannah passed away from cancer.
Frank received an undergraduate degree from Bethel College in 1973 and a Masters of Education from St. Thomas in 1974. He then felt the Lord’s call to ministry and attended Bethel Seminary, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1977. Throughout 27 years, Frank served in ministry to First Baptist Church of Litchfield, MN, Princeton Baptist Fellowship of Princeton, MN, Elim Baptist Church of Chicago, IL and Lakeside Baptist Church of Duluth, MN. He retired from the ministry in 2004. Frank married Nancy (Blake) Salmonson in 1999. He was blessed to gain Nancy’s two daughters Jenna and Keri.
Frank enjoyed golf, motorcycle trips, breakfast with “the guys”, attending grandkid’s sporting events and birthday parties, and going on road trips with Nancy. Most of all, Frank was passionate about Christ’s saving grace and it was his desire that all would come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
Frank passed away on Nov. 30, 2014, at the age of 70. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ralph and Floyd, and (first) wife, Shannah. Frank is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters LisaMarie (Nathan) Johnson of Pine City, Ann (Brad) Cox of Long Island, Kansas; two stepdaughters Jenna (Jeff) Holmseth of White Bear Lake, Keri Salmonson (fiancé Josh Bloyer) of St. Paul; 12 grandchildren – Brant, Camden, Jager, Kale, Jocelyn, Jasmine, Kai, Jesse, Jetta, Jordyn, Carter and Braden.