Died: Wed., Apr. 18, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 26, 2018
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Apr. 27, 2018
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

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Frederick Harris Evans, III

6 August 1943 – 18 April 2018

Fred Evans was born in Washington, DC, on 6 August 1943 to Dr. Frederick H. Evans, II, of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Dr. Shirley Richardson Evans of Washington, DC.  When he was a child, he and his family moved to Indianapolis where he became the first African American child to attend St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Grade School while the Evans family became the first African Americans to join St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  He celebrated his 7th birthday on a ship bound for Europe, where among other activities, he was graced with an audience with Pope Pius XII.  Upon completing the eighth grade, young Fred went on to attend Cathedral High School, where he later served on Cathedral’s Black Alumni Council, including as president.  He married childhood friend and long-time sweetheart Linda Simms on Friday the 13th in August 1965.


Fred attended both the Indiana College of Mortuary Science and Fisk University, and during his college years, he participated in several demonstrations as part of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and knew now-Senator John Lewis.  Later, Fred worked for Eli Lilly & Company as a department head in Accounting, a position he retired from in 1999 after 30 years of employment. Fred also spent time working with Heritage Place of Indianapolis. Of course, people who knew Fred were well-aware of his love of bicycling!  As an avid cyclist since 1974, he logged close to 200,000 miles throughout his adult life as a member of the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, an organization of which he also served several times as president.  In 1981, he campaigned to have the newly constructed velodrome near Marian University (then Marian College) named after Marshall “Major” Taylor, a champion black cyclist and an Indianapolis native.  Fred served as chairman of the bicycling events for the 1982 National Sports Festival, and he served as co-chairman of Games and Venue for the 1987 Pan American Games.  In later years, Fred and friend Charlie Beard enjoyed organizing an annual “Bicycle Boot Camp” in Venice, Florida, for their fellow bicycling enthusiasts.  He became active with the Spokes of Hope Cyclists Combating Cancer Foundation, and he wrote a book about his first cancer-fighting experience, entitled Surviving Cancer: Keeping Laughter and Faith in High Gear, printed by Hilton Publishing Company.


Fred Evans entered immortality on Wednesday morning, 18 April 2018.  He was preceded in death by both of his parents and a host of family members and friends, including his childhood friend, the late Honorable Judge Mark D. Batties.  Fred is survived by his bride of 52 years (Linda Simms Evans), his two children (Frederick H. “Rick” Evans, IV and Edan N. Evans de Roziere), his son-in-law (Glenn de Roziere), his grandson (Sean Frederic de Roziere), his step-grandson (Daniel de Roziere), his sibling (Sister Noel Faustina), his niece (Lisa Martin), his grand-nephew (Lorenzo Taylor), his grand-niece (Nina Taylor), his uncle (Carl Barnett), and a vast collection of relatives, friends, and associates.  Called Yeye by his grandson, Fred Evans will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.


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Catherine M LaCrosse
   Posted Thu April 19, 2018
you lived an incredible life. Thank you for letting me get to know you and call you a friend. You will be forever missed. Love to you, Linda your Bride, Edan, Rick and Sean. You gave it all. We could not have been luckier to have been touched and inspired by you.
Love always, Catherine

Mynelle Gardner
   Posted Fri April 20, 2018
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May he Rest In Peace and may you find comfort in the cherished memories you hold in your heart.

Martha Karatz and Ralph Redmond
   Posted Sat April 21, 2018
Our heartfelt condolences to Linda and the Evans family. Fred will be missed.

Beth Mckay
   Posted Sun April 22, 2018
My deepest sympathies to Linda and the family. I truly enjoyed Fredโ€™s company when we would get together for the bicycle boot camp. I have great memories. He was so kind and inviting. He was a wonderful man.

Mahari Tilahun
   Posted Mon April 23, 2018
I am in hopes that your steadfast faith sustains you in your transition. My condolences to Linda and the family. Farewell my old classmate, we are forever bound as proud members of the "Fighting Irish." Cathedral High School, Class of 61.

Lynn Moses Medley
   Posted Mon April 23, 2018
Our friendship has expanded over 60 years. You will be sadly missed by all who knew & loved you. My thoughts & prayers are with Linda & your family.

Lynn Moses Medley (grade school friend)10

Charles Payne
   Posted Mon April 23, 2018
Condolences from the Payne family, Wilbur(Billy)Jr ; Brownell(Boots): Charles(Buddy); Donald; Alice!

Vincennes University Alumni and Foundation Staff
   Posted Mon April 23, 2018
Our deepest and sincere sympathy goes out to your family at the passing of your dear father. May your memories and the love you shared give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Your friends at the Vincennes University Alumni and Foundation Staff

Janet Radford
   Posted Mon April 23, 2018
Fred was a very nice Man who I knew from Lilly. My condolences are with the family.

judy taylor williams
   Posted Tue April 24, 2018
dear linda--i just found out Fred passed. you, your family and all who loved him are in my prayers. i'm just a call away for anything i can do, now or in the future.

love you to pieces. Stay blessed.


Tom and Diane Peek
   Posted Tue April 24, 2018
I am so honored to have met Fred and enjoyed riding with him. He was a very special man and will be missed.
My deepest sympathy to his "Bride" Linda and the Family.
Rest in Peace Fred.

The Peeks

Kimberly Black n Davyd Hall
   Posted Tue April 24, 2018
Our hearts are saddened and heavy by the loss of Brother Evans. Mrs. Evans and family, please know that prayers are with you for peace.

Nancy and Ron Murphy
   Posted Tue April 24, 2018
To Edan and her family - our deep condolences on the loss of your father. We know he has found God's peace after a valiant effort.

Dave and Ruth Ann Hankins
   Posted Tue April 24, 2018
What a wonderful life you had. You touched so many people with your wisdom, your passion for service and your love of family and friends. Yes, we will miss you. And yes, you are an inspiration to us all. Peace and prayers.

Liz OFarrell
   Posted Wed April 25, 2018
I worked closely with Fred early in my Lilly career when we were both department heads on 22/1. In later years I frequently saw him on the Monon, and looked forward to hearing โ€˜Hi Lizโ€™ as he biked by me. He was a very good colleague and a nice man. My condolences to his family.

Peggy O'Connor-Campbell
   Posted Wed April 25, 2018
God bless, Mr. Fred! Linda and family we'll be praying for you.

Connie and Randy Schmucker
   Posted Wed April 25, 2018
Fred Evans always had a smile on his face and never seemed to age. The world is a better place to have had his presence in it. I only wish he was still here, as do many. Condolences to his family and friends - he will be missed by many because he touched so many lives in big and small ways. I am fortunate to have met him.

Donald L McNary Sr
   Posted Wed April 25, 2018
We will miss Fred's warmth and pleasant spirit. May his family be comforted in knowing fellow classmates will miss his presence as well.

Angela (Grundy) Sallee
   Posted Wed April 25, 2018
Heaven gained an Angel ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿฝ for sure. Going to miss your posts about life, Linda, your grandson, your health and your cycling. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

Mary Bush, M D
   Posted Thu April 26, 2018
Linda and Edam,
I am so sorry to read about your husband/father death. I do not remember meeting him, but Linda and I talked about him often. Please remember the good times and that will help in accepting this loss. God bless the whole family

Frederic and Charlene Bowles, Luella Cox Burton
   Posted Thu April 26, 2018
We were saddened to here of the loss of our dear friend. We cherish the times shared and know on that glorious day, we will meet again. May God bless and keep the family during this difficult period. "Weeping may endure for a night; but joy cometh in the morning....." There is no pain that God can't heal...lean on Him and He will give you strength.

God Bless!

Mary Ann Drew Campaigne
   Posted Thu April 26, 2018
Dear Linda, I was so sorry to learn of the loss of your wonderful husband. "Freddie" was my classmate at St.Thomas in 6th, 7th & 8th grades. I remember him as always positive, kind, respectful and gentlemanly. I would even describe him, even at that young age, as dignified .... Like his father. I dearly loved his parents and regret that we lost touch after I left Indianapolis in 1965. It is not hard to imagine what a wonderful husband and father Fred must have been. My prayer for you and your family will be Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   Posted Fri April 27, 2018
He was such and incredible person from the moment I met him genuine and caring -professionally and personally he has left a legacy that wonโ€™t be forgotten by me. I did not see the notice regarding his celebration of life which has me sad. The entire family and close friends are in my prayers. I hope his friends will do a ride in his honor he rode his bike for so many causes.
Shaune Shelbyb

Todd and Melissa Winget
   Posted Mon April 30, 2018
Fred was a kind and welcoming friend and mentor to me when I started in cycling as a teenager in the 70's. What a great ambassador to the sport! We would occasionally meet at rides and he was always keen to hear of my...and later, my wife's and my...and still wife's, daughter's and my adventures. We'll miss him along with everyone that knew him.
Thank you Fred!
Todd "Windjammer" Winget

Frank Radaker
   Posted Wed May 02, 2018
Having a friend for decades is special. The number of hours we cycled together are uncountable. Just one activity, measuring the hills for the Hilly Hundred, we did together for a decade. I will still treasure the last hour we just sat and talked most of all. The world was a better place with you here.

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