Communities gather to say final goodbye, honor Butler County deputy killed in crash
BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Monday, Nov. 1, 2021: There was a show of support and a final goodbye for a Butler County Sheriff’s deputy and Burns police officer. Monday, people gathered to pay their respects for Deputy Stephen Evans. He died last Monday, Oct. 25, while on duty for the Burns Police Department, following a crash. Many from the Kansas law enforcement community and the communities where Deputy Evans served were in attendance at Monday’s funeral in El Dorado, making sure he was properly honored.
Lining the entrance to the service, members of the American Legion Honor guard showed family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Evans they were there to support and pay their respects.
“This is a great turnout for him today and this speaks to the kind of officer he was,” American Legion Post 81 Commander Steve Seymour said.
Local two truck companies lined the road where Deputy Evans’ procession passed.
“We work with these guys every day. We see a lot of the work they do and the sacrifices they make. And it’s just important to us to have that relationship and show them the respect,” said Ros Stumpf with Another Towing Company in El Dorado. “[Deputy Evans] made a big sacrifice.”
With Another Towing Company, Stumpf said he was able to work with Deputy Evans a handful of times, including the day before he died.
“He’s a very friendly guy. I actually found out the day before he’s a father at my kid’s school, as well. So we had a little bit of a relationship going and so this happens the next day. Very sad,” Stumpf said.
It was also important for El Dorado City Commissioner Kendra Wilkinson to be there as the miles-long procession passed through El Dorado.
“They are an important part of our lives and e should do everything we possibly can to honor those that we lost,” she said.
Wilkinson said Monday’s turnout shows the community feels this grief and is her for Evans’ family during this difficult time.
“I hope we show them a little bit of respect for how we feel about the job he did,” she said.
Deputy Evans leaves behind a wife and three children. He was 44 years old.
The procession followed this route: from Butler Community College south on Haverhill Road to the SW Trafficway to Main Street to Central Avenue to US-196 to SW 10th (Towanda Avenue) to Boyer Road to Walnut Valley Cemetery. There were engines/towers from area departments along the route with flags in salute.
A memorial fund has been set up to help cover funeral and living expenses. Donations can be at Emprise Bank in the name of Andrea Evans or by scanning the QR code below.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is honoring a patrol deputy and part-time police officer for the City of Burns who was killed in a crash earlier this week. Flowers have been placed on his patrol car.
Deputy Stephen Evans was killed in a crash while on duty for the City of Burns on Monday. The sheriff’s office said Evans was in a police cruiser for the City Burns when the crash happened. He was traveling southbound on Highway 77 when he went to make a U-turn and was struck by a truck traveling in the same direction.
Evans leaves behind a wife and three children. The sheriff’s office said notes and flowers on his vehicle will be delivered to his family.
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