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Evan L. Olney Jr. of Allendale, Missouri was born on February 9, 1971 to Evan Lavern Olney Sr. and Patricia Rodriques Olney. He passed from this life on April 6, 2013 at the Heartland East Hospital in Saint Joseph, Missouri following a brief illness surrounded by family. Evan, better known as Rod by his family, was adopted by his grandparents, Carl Eugene and Vane Lillian Paxson Olney, in 1971 along with his sister, Melody Ann. He grew up on the family farm in Redding, Iowa.

Evan attended and graduated from Mount Ayr Community schools with the class of 1989. He went on to graduate from LaJames cosmetology school in Des Moines, Iowa. He had worked at various salons and also had opened his own salons, including Salon E’van in Des Moines, during the course of his life. He had worked most recently at Sweet Escapes in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He was a very talented hair dresser. He had resided in Des Moines, Knoxville, Mount Ayr and Redding, Iowa and Grant City, Missouri as an adult. He attended the Redding Methodist Church in his youth.

Evan enjoyed friends and family and would often have them over to his home for meals. He was an excellent host and cook.  He loved being out on the water and spent many afternoons with family members on the area lakes in his boat. He also enjoyed riding horses which he had done since he was a child. In his spare time, he raised dogs and most recently specialized in poodles. He liked flower gardening as well. He stated that he had enjoyed his life with no regrets.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Evan and Patricia; his grandparents, Vane and Eugene Olney, and an uncle, Marvin Olney.

Evan adopted his niece, Courtney, in 2011. She survives of the home as does his partner, Jared Miller. He also helped raise his nephew, Zach Withee of Creston, Iowa. Other survivors include his sister, Melody Withee, of Des Moines, Iowa; his brother, James Eugene Olney of King City, Missouri; his aunts and uncles who are also his brothers and sisters, Carroll Olney of Redding, Iowa, Dean Olney of Sacramento, California, Joe Olney of Abbyville, Louisiana, Duane and Rita Olney of Grant City, Missouri, Dale Olney of Redding, Iowa, Lila and Jim Bradley of Franktown, Colorado, Curt and Mary Jo Olney of Sacramento, California, Danny and Maria Olney of Tacoma, Washington, Sherry and Bill Davidson of Grant City, Missouri and Nola E. Olney of Sacramento, California; two great-aunts, Verla and Ronald Damman of Grant City, Missouri and Donna Paxson of Sheridan, Missouri; one great-uncle, Richard Alexander of Des Moines, Iowa; special cousin, Jerry McClure of Allendale, Missouri, and numerous other cousins and friends.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City on April 11, 2013 with Rev. Len Greene officiating. Interment was in the Redding Cemetery at Redding, Iowa. 

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