Joshua Evans

Joshua Evans, 43, of Shawnee, Kansas (formerly of Champaign, Illinois) – a grateful believer in Jesus Christ – passed away of natural causes on October 9, 2020.

Joshua Lee Evans was born April 20, 1977, the third child of Jim and Cheryl Evans of Canton, Missouri.  In 1980 he moved with his family to West Union, Iowa, where he attended grades K-2. In 1985, the family moved to Champaign, Illinois, where Joshua completed grades 3-12 and graduated from Centennial High School in 1995.  Josh enjoyed band, basketball, football, and wrestling.  He participated in Youth for Christ activities and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Josh was awarded a Busey scholarship to attend Parkland College.  In 1997 he received an Associate Degree in Business.  Josh then attended the University of Illinois from 1997-2000, where he graduated with honors with a B.S. in Kinesiology.  Throughout college Josh was active in many social, athletic, and Christian organizations.  

In 2001, Josh moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he worked as a physical therapy assistant before attending graduate school at the University of Colorado, earning a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2003.  While in Colorado he met, courted, and on December 28, 2002, married Miss Erin Baker in Lawrence, Kansas.

Josh and Erin lived and worked in the Kansas City area, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Shawnee, Kansas.  At the time of his death, Josh was the territory manager for Diatherix Eurofins.  Josh and Erin are the proud parents of Brayden (13), Chase (10), and Camille (5). 

Josh’s passion was for his family.  He delighted in sharing their experiences – attending practices, sporting events, concerts, and other activities the children participated in.  Josh was also an avid reader of the Bible and Christian texts.  He was active in the Celebrate Recovery program sponsored by Lenexa Baptist Church.  He loved people, and was happiest when he was helping others.  

Josh is survived by Erin, Brayden, Chase, and Camille Evans of Shawnee, Kansas; his parents Jim and Cheryl Evans of Urbana, Illinois; his sister Jennifer Evans of Chicago, Illinois; his brother Ben Evans of Urbana, Illinois; and his paternal grandmother, Jodie Evans of Monroe City, Missouri.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Donnis and Gladys Rice and his paternal grandfather Jack Evans.  


Visitation and Services

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at the Lenexa Baptist Church in Lenexa, Kansas, followed by a service at 11:00 am.  State of Kansas and Johnson County COVID 19 restrictions will be observed.  

A celebration of life will be held in Champaign, Illinois, in the spring. 


Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Lenexa Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery program



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17 Comments on “Joshua Evans”

  1. Joanna Wilkinson Says:

    I met Josh when he was attending Mill Creek community Church. Josh was instrumental in helping us start a buddy program for kids with special needs, and he worked with my son for almost 3 years. He had a lot of energy and such a big heart. I know he will be missed greatly.

  2. Corinne Kohler Says:

    To all the family;
    Prayers to get through this difficult time as we know where Joshua is, but we don’t always know or understand the why or the timing; I mourn and grieve with you and he will be missed by many; Keep his memory alive.
    Corinne Kohler

  3. Ivan & Helen Jo Williams Says:

    Erin: How our hearts ache for you and your children. Please know that our prayers are with all of your family. Josh will always be with us from above.
    Love you so much,
    Helen Jo & Ivan

  4. Amy Schaefer Says:

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. I really enjoyed being on previous teams with Josh. He was a great teammate and friend. He was such a kind, caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Laura Malec Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss… thinking of you all and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Linda Smith Says:

    Erin and family. I’m so very sorry!! I will be praying for you and the family.

  7. Traci Zeigler Says:

    To the entire family: Josh & I were on the same team at Diatherix Eurofins. I am confident our entire team would agree that Josh will be incredibly missed. I’m deeply sorry for your loss…you all will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  8. Leslie Jay Fellers Says:

    Erin and Family
    I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and miss you. Jay

  9. Andy Glazier Says:

    My deepest condolences to Josh’s family. In the brief time that I worked with him, he was always very caring. He continued to be of great help to me even after we were colleagues. He will be missed.

  10. Terri Mathis Says:

    Jim, Cheryl & Family:
    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I’m praying for all of you. In Christ,

  11. Kim Gollings Says:

    I am very sorry. Your Habitat family will be here to help carry your sorrow and lift you when you return. All my love. Godspeed to your boy.

  12. Katy Martinez Says:

    Josh and I went to High School together. He was so funny and sweet and very kind. He always brought a smile to my face and to others. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  13. Chesser Family Says:

    Erin, Brayden, Chase and Camille,

    Josh was a truly amazing person. We will always remember his smile and kindness. We lift you up and wish you prayer of healing.

  14. Brad and Joni Kenton Says:

    Out deepest condolences to the Evan’s family. Josh was always quick to wave and say hello with a smile. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Chuck & Patricia Simpson Says:

    Our hearts break with you on this deep loss, even while we rejoice that Josh is now dancing and praising and playing in the band before God. We have been – and will continue to be – praying for you all.

  16. Lori McDowell Says:

    Erin, Brayden, Chase, & Camille, We are so sorry for your loss. We will pray for your family. God Bless all of your family.

    Patrick, Lori, Daniel & Sophia

  17. james johnson Says:

    To: Jim and Family,

    So sorry to hear about the death of your son. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers today and the weeks to come.

    Yours Truly,
    James B. Johnson
    Fellow Co-Worker USDA NRCS

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