Maynard Lowell Evans age 101 of Hays died Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Via Christi Village Care Center, Hays, Kansas.
He was born February 4, 1921, in Chatfield, Minnesota to Ivan Rowe and Vera (Breeze) Evans. He married Cyrilla C. (Schmidt) on July 20, 1946, in San Diego, California. She preceded him in death on December 9, 2015.
Maynard joined the US Navy at the age of 17, and was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. After serving 20 years he retired with the rank of Chief Gunners Mate (GMC).
After retirement from the Navy he worked for the San Diego City School system for several years in landscaping. In 1959 Maynard, his wife, Cyrilla, and daughter Diane, moved to Hays where he owned and operated Evans Bike Shop and Evans New and Used for over 25 years.
Maynards life could be a book, his stories about his life and experiences, especially during his Navy career, could captivate a room. He was energetic, an entrepreneur, and genuinely wanted the best for people. He was an avid reader, and had a wealth of knowledge especially about current events and therefore he could interact with people on many different levels.
It made him very happy knowing that children in the Hays area got their first bike at the "Schwinn Shop". He enjoyed reading many of their memories in the cards that he received for his "100th" birthday last year. He was a proud husband, father and grandfather.
He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, V.F.W. American Legion and The Fleet Reserve Association.
Survivors include his daughter, Diane Kathleen Schukman and husband, Harry, Knoxville, TN; his grandchildren, Evan Christopher Schukman, Malea Dyan Schukman; both of Knoxville, TN; his sister, Donna Pivonka, Rochester, MN his cousin, Janice Hartwich, Rochester, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his infant son, David Joseph Evans; his brother, Maro Evans; and his sister, Myra Rustad.
The very large Schmidt Family will always be his family, and a big thank you goes to all of them who always treated him as part of their family. The Schukman Family would like to thank all of you for, your visits, your errands you did for him, and also the staff while he lived in the Walker neighborhood at Via Christi Village Care Center. Your kindness and friendship will always be remembered.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22 Street, Hays, Kansas 67601 with Father Harvey Dinkel O.F.M. Cap. officiating. Burial will be at the Saint Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas with Military Honors by the Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.
A vigil service will be at 7:00 P.M. Monday, and visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, all at Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.
The family suggests memorials made payable to: Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (c/o Building Fund) or Via Christi Village Care Center, in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be left at guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com