“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed and so very dear.”
Evan B. Segar, 95, of Walton passed into eternal life on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Chenango Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He had resided at the Oxford Veterans Home since June of 2018. Evan was born December 21, 1925 to Lynn and Dorothy Segar in Walton, NY
He enlisted in the United States Navy September of 1943 at the age of 18, just three months after graduating from Walton High School. Evan proudly served aboard the USS Hancock CVA-19 aircraft carrier as a Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class during World War II in the Pacific Theater and qualified as a Plank Owner. During his war service on the Hancock his medals and battle ribbons included the Captain’s Meritorious Mast, American Theater Medal, Philippine Liberation ribbon with two battle stars, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with five battle stars and a Commendation Medal. While Evan was serving aboard the Hancock, his brother, Charles Segar, was also serving in World War II, having joined the war with Company F, National Guard, Walton, NY. Charles was killed during the battle of Okinawa.
Upon discharge from the Navy, Evan returned to Walton and Married Illa (Tweedie) Segar who passed away September 8, 2008. Illa and Evan owned and operated a Dairy Farm and Pet Motel for 34 years until 1981. After selling their farm, they moved to Walton and Evan became the Superintendent for Buildings and Grounds for the Walton Central School. He also served as a Justice of the Peace for the Village of Walton retiring in 1991. He and his wife Illa then relocated to Florida where they lived for 18 years and enjoyed and became proficient in the sport of shuffleboard, achieving the status of Pro Schuffleboarders in the state of Florida. Together they became instrumental in producing and marketing a film entitled “Winning Shuffleboard” which is believed to be the first ever instructional color video for new and intermediate shufflers, and can be found in the files of the Library of Congress.
Survivors include his three children, Debby Palladino (Ray) of Virginia, Pamela Moody of Walton and Charles “Andy” Segar (Tammy) of Laurens, NY; grandchildren Andy Moody (Jocelyn), Trevor Moody (Caitlin), Chelsea Segar of North Carolina, Jevon of California, Jeffrey of Maryland and John of Virginia; very special great granddaughter Madalyn Mae Moody of Hamden; sisters-in-law Janith T. Kilpatrick of Walton and Linda Wallace Tweedie of Syracuse. Evan is also survived by four nieces and two nephews.
A graveside service with military honors to celebrate Evan’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 P.M. at Walton Cemetery, 55 Fancher Avenue Walton with Pastor Larry Light officiating.
The family extends a heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the entire staff, doctors, nurses, social workers and attendants of the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford for the exceptional care provided to Evan and the honorable respect shown to him and the family during his time as a resident. Evan was recently presented with a Quilt of Valor honoring his service and sacrifice during WWII.
Memorial donations in Evans memory may be made to the New York State Veterans Home at Oxford and noted for Volunteer Services, Attn: Sharon Battist, Director of Social Services, 4207 NY-220, Oxford, NY 13830.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Courtney Funeral Home, Walton. To leave a message of peace and comfort for Evan’s family, please visit his online tribute at www.courtneyfh.com