July 20, 2011

Orville Evanson

Orville George Evanson, 71, Fargo, N.D., and formerly of Williston, N.D., died suddenly, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at his home in Fargo.
His funeral was celebrated Saturday morning, July 16, 2011, at Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Tim Swenson officiated, and interment followed in Wilmington Cemetery.
Orville was born Nov. 3, 1939, to Hans and Johanna (Evanger) Evanson at Shafer, N.D. He attended elementary and high school in Arnegard, N.D., and Mayville State University in Mayville, N.D.
On Dec. 15, 1962, Orville married Beverly Ann Ereth. Together, in 1963, they settled in Williston, and Orville started working at Farmers Union Lumber. He worked at, and subsequently managed, F.U.L. for over 27 years.
Orville took great joy in his family – especially his children and grandchildren. He lived for family gatherings, enjoyed cooking the holiday meals, and loved to tease and joke with all the kids. He had a passion for fishing, basketball, and faithfully watched the class B tournaments every year. He was a true fan!
Orville and Beverly had three boys – Kevin, Kory, and Kelly. When the boys were in high school, Orville’s big heart still had more love to share… he and Beverly eagerly adopted three more children, Michael, Billie, and Heather.
Orville is survived by his wife of 49 years, Beverly; six children: Kevin (Cori Jo), of Maple Grove, Minn., Kory (Michele), of Dayton, Ohio, Kelly (Melyssa), of Walcott, N.D., Michael, of Fargo, Billie, of Fargo, and Heather, of Fargo; four brothers: Hans (Joyce), of Livingston, Mont., Raymond (Joanne), of Williston, Gaylord (Gladys), of Spokane, Wash., and James (Bonnie), of Livingston; two sisters: Elena Njos, of Williston, and Helen Eiken, of Fargo; fifteen grandchildren: Kaden, Kloe, Dirk, Gunnar, Austyn, Chris, Cody, Samantha, Gunnar, Vynesa, Olivia, Cole, Hunter, Forrest, and Colten; and many nieces and nephews.
Orville was preceded in death by his brother, Vendell, of Livingston, brother, Jerome, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., sister, Hazel Holo, of Hillsborro, N.D., and his parents.
Friends may visit www.eversonfh.com to share remembrances of Orville.