Harvey Evenson

harvey evenson
Harvey Franklin Evenson, 85, of Hillsboro, ND, passed into eternity May 22, 2018 at the Hillsboro Care Center surrounded by his loving wife and family. Harvey was born November 5, 1932 on the family farm in Brandon, MN to John and Bertha Evenson. When still a baby, his family moved to a farm outside Fosston, MN where he spent his childhood and school years. He graduated from Fosston High School in 1950. In 1951, Harvey took a job at the Thureen family farm in East Grand Forks, MN where he met and eventually married Elaine, the farmer’s daughter. Harvey joined the army during the Korean conflict in 1953, completed basic training in Colorado, and was assigned to a logistics supply team delivering supplies via mule train to a cold weather training camp on a glacier in the Wyoming mountains. He later was stationed overseas in southern France. Harvey and Elaine were married September 29, 1956 and began their life together in Moorhead, MN where he worked at Armour & Co. and attended business school. Harvey and Elaine lived, worked, and raised their family in Fargo, West Fargo, Bismarck and Hillsboro. He had a love and knowledge of cars. His varied career path always involved cars including many years at Hillsboro Auto. His most recent and favorite “job” was working for the Hillsboro park board maintaining the local skating rink where he laced up many skates and built relationships with a generation of Hillsboro youth. Harvey loved his family, loved people and had a gift for making everyone feel valued. He had an endearing sense of mischief and humor. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years Elaine, son Mark (Brenda) Evenson, MN, daughter Debbie (Randy) Johnson, NM, son Michael (Tania) Hyatt-Evenson, OR; 7 adored grandchildren (Ryan, Josh, Alyssa, Tim, Matthew, Luke, Izzy) and 7 equally adored great-grandchildren (Josephine, Georgia, Bjorn, Noah, Ethan, Micah, Everette and one on the way); sisters Arlene Noll, MN and Bonnie Swanson, MN and many extended family members and friends. Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 2 sons, John Thao and Erik Lee and one grandson Erick Michael. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the friends and staff at the Hillsboro Care Center who made Harvey’s last years joyful and full. Thank you also to Red River Valley Hospice staff who made his last days peaceful and pain free.

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  1. Our heartfelt sympathies to the Evanson family. Harvey and Elaine were great neighbors to us in Hillsboro. We cherish our backyard chats in the summer and Jim will miss stopping in to visit Harvey at the nursing home. Heartfelt prayers and gentle ((hugs)) to you all.

  2. Elaine and family–God bless the memory of Harvey Evenson. We remember his wry smile and quick wit–he will be greatly missed by many. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stuart and Kathy Larson

  3. I am thanking The Lord for such a wonderful man. He has left a marvelous legacy for this family. The whole family is in my prayers as you all grieve this loss.

  4. My most sincere condolences to the Evanson family.I grew up with them and walked to school with Arlene ,Bonnie and others. We had many good times together.I live in Gibbon ,MN.and have since 1950. I remember the round barn at your place. It alays fascinated me. With love and peace to your family.I remain as always your dear old neighbor ALPHA {FREYHOLTZ} EVENSON

  5. Our sympathies to your entire family over the loss of Harvey. What a wonderful calm, loving and patient couple you have been. We are proud to have lived across from you and known you from Our Savior’s. May you draw strength from your strong faith in Christ, your devoted family and friends. Ray and Becky Foss

  6. My sincere sympathy to you Elaine and all your family. You were blessed with a good Man for many years.
    God Bless you and keep you and your family in His tender loving care in the days and years ahead.

    My Love and Prayers always.

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