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Final founder of Bob Evans Farms dies at 86

Oct. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

RIO GRANDE, OHIO -- The final surviving founder of Bob Evans Farms Inc., John Timothy "Tim" Evans, has died.

Evans of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died Friday at the age of 86. He was one of the original six founders of Bob Evans Farms in 1953, located in Rio Grande, Ohio, along with his first cousin, Bob Evans, their uncle Emerson Evans and three friends.

"We were saddened to learn of the passing of company founder, Tim Evans. Tim was one of the visionaries who helped shape the company and guide it in its early years, which would ultimately help us become the $1.7 billion, multi-brand corporation we are today," Bob Evans Farms Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Davis said in a press release.

Tim Evans remained involved with Bob Evans Farms until he retired from the board of directors in 1991. He first entered the business industry working at the Evans Packing Co. after graduating from Gallia Academy High School. He later became president of the packing company and continued in that position until retiring in 1974. Tim Evans then went into the business of purebred Angus, becoming the owner of Sunset Valley Farm. He was named Breeder of the Year in 2005.

He also served on the boards of University of Rio Grande, Gallia County Jr. Fair and Holzer Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church, Gallipolis. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. There will be a visitation after 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church, continuing until service. Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.