Rector "Rex" Alvin Evans
© 2001 by: Will Walker
Rector "Rex" Alvin Evans was born in Maynard, Arkansas. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymon Evans. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, and served as a flight engineer on B-24 Bombers. He was shot down twice in 26 missions. The first time he was shot down he escaped to a fishing boat, and was not captured, but the second time he was shot down he was taken prisoner by the Germans. He was held in Stalag Luft 4. He was a prisoner for 9 months. The Germans would take a loaf of bread, and for about 6 or 7 guys they would give this loaf. They would get a piece of bread about the size of your palm, a day. He was shot in the foot while in action once. He was highly decorated with the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. He was a member of the American Ex-POW's, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled Veterans of America. He moved to Rockford, Illinois, and was a retired supervisor of Ingersol Milling there. In 1991 they moved to an island in Bokeelia, Florida, in which he would come to Pocahontas in the summer, and would go back to Florida in the winter. He died on December 23, 1998, in Fort Myers, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Della, of the home; a daughter, Sandy (Thomas) McKitterick of Englewood, Florida; two grandchildren; three stepgrandsons; and one great-granddaughter. Funeral Services were held in the Chapel of Coral Ridge, Fla. Internment was in Coral Ridge Cemetery.
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