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Ransom A. Evans obituary

contributed by Tonya Frickey

Ransom Evans
SUNY teacher
was active in Schoharie County

[Published 11-Dec-1997]

     RICHMONDVILLE - Ransom A. Evans, 64, of Robert Street, former college teacher and town supervisor, died Wednesday at home.
     Mr. Evans was born in Westford, Otsego County, and lived in Worcester before moving to Richmondville in 1963.
He was a graduate of Worcester Central School and the New York State Teachers College at Albany with a master's degree in commerce, distributive education and guidance education. He pursued postgraduate study at the University at Albany and Rochester Institute of Technology.
     He was a supply corps officer in the Navy. During the Cuban missile blockade, he was the direct representative of the chief of naval operations at the Naval Air Station, Key West, Fla.
     Mr. Evans taught in the business administration department of the State University of New York at Cobleskill for 26 years, retiring in 1989.
He served nearly three terms as village trustee and deputy mayor before resigning due to illness. He was the town supervisor and served as town Republican Committee chairman for 23 years. Mr. Evans served more than 25 years as a member of the Schoharie County Republican Committee as well as serving on its executive board and as committee secretary. He was a member of the New York and National Republican Committees.
     Mr. Evans was in local, district and state Elks lodge associations and community and veterans organizations. He was chairman of government relations for the New York State Elks Association and president of the Conference of Private Organizations of New York State.
He was director-at-large and vice president of the Schoharie County Council of Senior Citizens; member of the Schoharie County Office for the Aging Advisory Board and Schoharie County Transportation Committee; former president and director emeritus of the Schoharie County Community Action Program's board of directors; member, former director and treasurer of the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley; former president of the Schoharie County Village Officers Association; former director of the board of directors of the Schoharie County American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 3729; life member and former secretary of the Schoharie County Sheriff's Tactical & Rescue Force; life member of the SUNYA Alumni, National Eagle Scout, NYS Retired Teacher and Vroman's Nose Preservation associations. He was a member of the Schoharie County Historical Society; Schoharie County Association for Retarded Children; Schoharie County Maple Festival; National Park & Conservation Association; Schoharie County Retired Teachers Association, Defenders of Wildlife and the Environmental Defense Fund.
     Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Evans, whom he married in 1969; two brothers, David A. and Robert W. Evans, both of Worcester; and his mother, Flora Frayer Evans of Worcester.
     Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cobleskill Elks Lodge, Legion Drive, Cobleskill. The American Legion service will be held at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Elks Lodge service at 7:30 p.m. and a religious service at 8.
     Spring burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Worcester.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Lodge, 7 Oak St., Worcester, Mass.; the Schoharie County Animal Shelter, Howes Cave, N.Y., 12092; or the Catskill Area Hospice, P.O. Box 39, Cobleskill, N.Y.
     Arrangements are by the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home of Cobleskill.

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