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David Evenson

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July 18, 1933-April 7, 2008

Former Detroit Lakes resident David D. Evenson, 74, of Cambridge, Minn., passed away peacefully in the arms of his family on Monday, April 7, 2008.

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David was born to Noris and Dora (Keil) Evenson on July 18, 1933 in Mora, Minn. He graduated from Mora High School in 1950. He entered the U.S. Army in June 1953 and was honorably discharged in May 1955.

On Aug. 11, 1956, David married Janelle Krinke. They lived throughout Minnesota, first in Minneapolis, then Inver Grove Heights, while David was employed at Swift's in South St. Paul. In 1971, they moved to St. James, Minn., where David began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1973, they moved to Detroit Lakes, and resided in the same home until 2006, when they moved to Cambridge.

David was an accomplished storyteller and known for his tall tales. He loved anything to do with nature. He hunted and fished, made maple syrup, built his workshop and did woodworking from trees that were taken from his property. David also loved rocks: collecting, cutting, polishing and making jewelry with them. He loved big gardens and all that went with them, canning and freezing and in particular, sharing his produce.

Surviving David are his best friend and wife of 51 years, Janelle; daughter Cindy (Dawn); son Paul (Heidi); one grandson and one great granddaughter; brothers, Noris (Sally), Richard (Mary) and Vernon (Betty) Evenson; brother-in-law, Howard Sizer; Janelle's brothers and sister and their spouses; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding David in death were his parents and four sisters, Doris Sizer, Dorothy Freeman, Billie Reed and Shirley Paulson.

The family wishes to thank Allina Hospice for all of the care and support they provided.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge; continuing for one hour prior to the start of Friday's services at the church.

A celebration of David's is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Joy Lutheran Church in Cambridge, with Rev. Steve Ferber officiating.

Pallbearers will be David Fulkerson, Brian Fulkerson, Boris Ochry, Noris Evenson, Gene Krinke and Walt Graf. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora, Minn., with military honors provided by the Mora American Legion.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge. Online condolences and photographic memories may be left at the Web site, www.carlsonlillemoen.com.

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