Dr. Robert L. Evans

SEBASTIAN, FLA. — Dr. Robert L. Evans passed away at the age of 74 on Sept. 23, 2015, at Sebastian Medical Center in Sebastian, Fla., following a brief illness. He resided in Micco, Fla., since leaving the Amherst, Ohio, area in 1995.

He was born April 10, 1941, and lived in the Lorain/Amherst area most of his life. He was a 1959 graduate of Lorain High School, studied pre-med and graduated with a bachelor of science degree at Heidelberg College in 1963 and went on to graduate from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1968. He then immediately entered into and established the practice of Wagner, Evans and Rittenour, Inc. During that time he served on staff of both Lorain Community Hospital and Amherst Hospital where it is said he delivered over a thousand babies. Dr. Evans provided health care to anyone who needed it regardless of ability to pay. He was one of the last physicians in Lorain County to make house calls and at least on one occasion delivered a baby at home.

Dr. Evans was a kind, loving, caring physician and father, a self-proclaimed food critic, Consumer Report enthusiast, dog and cat lover, and proud “Papa.” He was also an avid fan of NASCAR and drag racing. Dr. Evans and racing partners Richard Mack and Bill Bauer owned and participated in drag racing in and out of Lorain County for many years.

Survivors include daughters Rebecca Evans of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Jennifer (Justin) Laycock of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Brandy (Scott) Sylkatis of Lorain, Ohio, grandson Alexander Sylkatis, and sister Jan Feighner of Flint, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private memorial service is planned.