We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Our Valued Staff
John A. Evans, Owner and Funeral Director
John is a lifelong Porter County resident, born in Valparaiso on January 3, 1950. He has resided all of his life in Chesterton, with the exception of college and two years in the US Army. John is a 1968 graduate of Chesterton High School, has attended Purdue University North Central and is a graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He received his embalmer’s license on September 26, 1978 and his funeral director’s license on November 9, 1978, making him a 3rd generation funeral director. In 1986, John purchased the Chesterton funeral home from his uncle, Carl Edmonds, and has since added to the business with the addition of Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel and Heritage Cemetery & Crematory. John has served Porter County for more than 25 years as former Coroner and Chief Deputy Coroner, was North County Commissioner for 16 years, and President of the Porter County Board of Commissioners for 6 years. He has also served the Town of Chesterton as former Police Commissioner and is a member of several local civic organizations. John and his wife, Laurie Wehner-Evans, reside in Chesterton and have been married for more than 30 years.
Laurie is the wife of John Evans and a lifelong resident of Porter County. She is a graduate of Portage High School. She received her Bachelors Degree from Indiana University and her Masters Degree in Nursing from Valparaiso University. She currently serves as Director of Community Relations for Porter Hospital, formerly serving as Director of Emergency Services for Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus. Laurie is a certified instructor in many areas of nursing and trauma related care. Like her husband, Laurie has been active in her share of Porter County Government, serving as former County Coroner. She is a member of many local and nursing related organizations. Laurie is past president of the Emergency Nurses Association and former Indiana State Director for Emergency Nurses C.A.R.E. (Cancel Alcohol Related Emergencies). In her spare time, Laurie enjoys traveling with her husband.
Jennifer Lowry C.P.C., Funeral Director
Jennifer graduated from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. She is a member of several local organizations and enjoys reading and meeting new people. Jennifer is married and has one daughter, Briana and one son, Evan. In addition to her work as a Funeral Director, Jennifer is also a Certified Pre-Need Counselor and has worked with Edmonds & Evans Funeral Homes since 1998.
Adrian Craig Morris, Funeral Director
Craig received his Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. While attending college, he was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the National Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship and the Tri-Gard Vault Scholarship. He was also the recipient of the Embalming Scholastic Award. Craig has worked for Edmonds & Evans Funeral Homes since 2005. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa fraternity. Craig, his wife, Linda of more than 25 years, and their son, Patrick, reside in Michigan City. He is the father of five adopted children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, growing orchids, and traveling with his family.
Troy O'Brien, Funeral Director
Troy is a lifelong area resident and received his degree in Mortuary Science from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys philosophy, science fiction movies and writing. Troy currently resides in Chesterton with his wife, Jessica, and their daughter Scarlett. Troy has worked for Edmonds & Evans Funeral Homes since 2010.
Mary Ann Stueber, Family Services
Mary Ann is a lifelong resident of Chesterton. She has worked for Edmonds & Evans Funeral Homes for more than 20 years and is a licensed Pre-Need Counselor. She is a member of several local organizations. Mary Ann is married with one daughter, Jennifer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
David Perry, Funeral Director Assistant / Family Services
David has lived in Porter County for more than 60 years. He graduated in 1971 from Ball State University with a degree in General Business Administration. He retired from 1st National Bank, Valparaiso/1st Source Bank after 40 years. He currently resides in Chesterton with his wife, Sue. In his spare time, David enjoys golfing, biking, reading and watching movies. He has worked for Edmonds & Evans Funeral Homes since 2010.
Jillian Evans, Secretary
Jillian is a lifelong area resident of Chesterton, IN. She has three children, Olivia, Owen, and Bayne. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and shopping. Jillian has worked for Edmonds and Evans Funeral Homes since 2012.
Sally Szumski, Funeral Director
Sally lives in Crown Point with her husband David. She has two sons and four grandchildren. While attending college, she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Working with families after a loss is something that Sally is compassionate about and having experienced losses in her own life, she feels able and willing to be there for people when needed most. Sally serves on the Avalon Springs Advisory Board.