Funeral Arrangements set for Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans
Funeral arrangements for former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans are as follows:
* Visitation will be from 12 noon-6:00 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary (6601-38th Avenue in Moline) on Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9.
* Funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10, at Sacred Heart Church (1608-13th Street in Moline).
Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, who represented the 17th Congressional District from January 1983 through 2006, passed away November 5th after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Evans, who was born in 1951, graduated from Alleman High School and served in the Marines from 1969-71. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augustana College in 1974, and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.
Throughout his congressional career, he was lauded as a champion of organized labor and veterans. In 2010, the Navy Operational Support Center on Arsenal Island was officially renamed the Lane Evans Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center.
He won every one of his congressional campaigns, starting with his 1982 victory against Ken McMillan. His final win came in 2004, and he left Congress in 2006 due to Parkinson’s disease.
Statements on the Passing of Lane Evans
Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Lane Evans:
“I was incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Lane Evans last night after his long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He left us far before his time, but will always be remembered for what he did for our nation’s veterans and his strong advocacy for rural Americans. It is an honor to represent the Iowa side of the Quad Cities that he called home.”
Former U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, who served as Lane Evans’ District Director for his entire tenure in Congress, said, “Lane was an extraordinary, ordinary man. Lane’s legacy of a politics of purpose and principle will live on in the thousands of people he touched.”
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said, “Illinois lost one of its kindest, most caring public servants with the passing of my friend and colleague, Lane Evans … When I last visited him, I told him our friend Barack Obama still remembered his quiet courage as a Congressman … Thank heavens for Lane Evans.”
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said, “Lane Evans will be sorely missed by all those who he touched, but his legacy of service will never be forgotten.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Representative Lane Evans.
“Lane Evans embodied the picture of a dedicated public servant. His commitment to protecting our servicemen and women has helped thousands of returning veterans receive the treatment and care that they deserve. As a stalwart of progressive politics in the Quad Cities, his work to boost the middle class and provide a fair shot for all has impacted countless eastern Iowans. Lane was a proud Marine and was always a gentleman. Today, Ruth and I extend our deepest condolences to Representative Evans’ family, friends on this tragic loss.”
CHICAGO — Nov. 6, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, who represented Illinoisans in Congress for 24 years.
“Lane Evans dedicated his life to serving the people of Illinois, and I am deeply saddened by his passing.
“During his long career representing Illinois, Lane worked closely with my father in Washington. His life represents the ideal of public service. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”
Evans, 63, had been battling Parkinson’s disease. A U.S. marine who worked to help fellow servicemen affected by exposure to Agent Orange, Evans served in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois from 1982 until 2006.