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Ethell, Evan E.

d. December 19, 2013

Evan Ethell, age 31, of Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He is survived by his wife, Marsha; one son, William; father, Larry (Debbie) Ethell of Athens, mother, Linda Ethell of Springfield, grandparents Bill and Lola Ethell of Athens, siblings Erik (Heather) Ethell of Riverton, Erin (Tony) Calcari of Riverton, Elise (Derrick) Fritz of Athens; sister-in-law Missy (Danny) Minor, and several nieces and nephews.

Evan is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Mildred Knackmuhs, mother and father-in-law William “Bill” and Dorothy “Dottie” Minor.

Evan was born September 13, 1982 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Larry and Linda Gumbrell Ethell.

He married Marsha Minor on October 21, 2006 in Athens.

Evan worked at Herrin Ltd. at Mount Pulaski since 2010. He was a member of the Athens Christian Church.

He enjoyed truck pulling, four wheeling, fishing, and camping. Evan loved anything outdoors and working in his shop.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Athens Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Athens Christian Church.

Ken Gennicks will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg, IL.

Memorials can be made to a college fund for his son, William Ethell, care of Athens State Bank.


  1. Sometimes a souls journey is entirely too short. Very sorry for the loss of such a caring wonderful man.

  2. My heart goes out to his entire family and everyone affected by this tragic loss!! Thoughts and prayers are with you all!! May you find comfort in the kind words and support everyone will send your way. I am truly sorry for your loss. Evan was a good guy and will always remain in our thoughts!

  3. Larry, We are so sorry for your loss.Our prayers snd thoughts are with you and our family.

  4. Larry and Debbie, my condolences to your and the entire family for your loss. May God comfort your hearts and uplift your spirits and may you find comfort in the kind words, thoughts and prayers from those around you during this time.

  5. Linda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Marsha, Linda and your entire family. Linda, I remember visiting with you at one of the American Cancer Society events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds several years ago and feeling the Motherly pain you were experiencing as you spoke of Evan’s struggle with cancer, but his determination to win the battle. And Marsha, I you continued to keep me updated on Evan and William when I was at the Post Office. My heart hurts for all of you as I know Evan’s life was just too short. What a beautiful tribute for you to remember that he fought the good fight with you by his side the whole way. May God’s peace and love comfort you during this Christmas Season knowing that He is always with us.

  7. My heart is so heavy for the Ethell family. I know exactly how you are feeling. I have great memories of Evan…camping at Chris Ritchie’s house 🙂 I hope the good memories help you through the pain. He would want that. I will be thinking about you all.

  8. Elise, my heart goes out to you and your family. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Brother. May God comfort you and your family at this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers your way.

  9. Linda and family, my prayers are with you all. I pray God gives you peace and comfort with Him.

  10. Debbie my sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Debbie and Family – so sorry for your loss. Blessings to you as you deal with your grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kathy and David Kapala

  12. We have so many great memories of Evan and all of you. Our prayer is that these and other good memories will bring some comfort to you. Larry, you and Debbie have been wonderful friends and loving and caring parents to all your children. We are so very deeply sorry that you have lost Evan. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you for comfort, peace, guidance, and adjustment.

  13. Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Ethell family at Evan’s loss. Ye fought the good fight and now has come home to live with his Lord who will say “well done, good and faithful servant.” Our prayers go out to all of you. God grant you peace during this difficult time.

  14. Debbie, we wish you and your family peace and the kind of love that togetherness brings. Fondly, Rebecca and David Hood

  15. Marsha and the entire Ethell family, we are sorry to hear of Evan passing. Just remember all of the wonderful memories you have with him and you will make it through this sad time.

  16. There are just no words to express my sympathy to your family during this difficult time. I have so many memories from childhood of that sweet blond haired boy. Praying for comfort to you all.

  17. He touch many lives in a short time. He will be missed.

  18. Marsha, I am your cousin Sandee’s husband, I just wanted to say I am very sorry for your loss of your husband and I hope family and the Lord help you through this very sad and trying loss.

  19. Marsha and William, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. William, your daddy’s face would light up when he talked about you. He sure was proud of his little boy. Marsha, we are here for you and William. Evan you will be forever loved and missed.

  20. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with the Ethell family at this very difficult time. I hope the great memories you have can bring a little smile to you in this time of grief.

  21. My prayers are with the families. It seems like yesterday we were growing up together. His courage during this time will forever be remembered.

  22. rest in peace evan!!! big red truck!!!!!

  23. Uncle Larry, Aunt Deb, and the entire Ethell Family; we are so sorry for your loss! While there are no words that can express the pain and sadness we feel and know you are experiencing, please know many people are thinking and praying for you all and only hope Evan lives on through that wonderful little man of his.

  24. Larry, my condolences to your and the entire family for your loss…sending thoughts and prayers to help everyone through this difficult time.

  25. Marsha, My thoughts and prayers are with you and William during this sad time in your life. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  26. Debbie and Larry, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  27. Debbie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and your family.

  28. Our deepest sympathy and condolences with your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with you during this very difficult period.

  29. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

  30. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

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