DuWayne Edward Evenson

  • Born: March 25, 1936
  • Died: April 11, 2020
  • Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

DuWayne Edward Evenson was born on March 25, 1936, to Edven and Annie (O'Toole) Evenson in Elmore, MN. He passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Good Shepherd in Sauk Rapids, MN. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Easton, MN. He attended country school then high school in Minnesota Lake. DuWayne proudly served in the United States Navy. DuWayne attended the University of Minnesota earning a degree in agricultural economics.

He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Rose on August 5, 1961 in Morgan, MN. They enjoyed 20 years of marriage and were blessed with five children. On April 20, 1986, he married Elizabeth Boertje, who had six children. They enjoyed 33 years of marriage.

DuWayne farmed for 50 years near Minnesota Lake, MN raising crops, hogs, cattle, Springer Spaniel and Shar Pei puppies. After his children were grown, he married Elizabeth and farmed with stepsons Rick and Kevin. He was very active in his community particularly as a member of the Lions Club, a Little League coach, and serving on the Minnesota Lake school board. DuWayne enjoyed hunting in Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota with family and friends. He enjoyed photography and darkroom work (including developing President Eisenhower's reelection photo), skiing, running, biking, swimming, and golfing. He competed in many 5K and 10K races, duathalons and triathalons throughout the country. He was able to enjoy these hobbies in Minnesota and while wintering in Arizona. He was an avid traveler exploring many parts of the world including Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, and all corners of the United States. Above all, DuWayne loved his family and looked forward to their visits, particularly when they all gathered for Festag.

He is survived by his children: Yancy (Janel) of Fairmont, WV, Kyle of Blue Earth, MN, Joni of Omaha, NE, Kam (JoAnn) of St. Cloud, MN, Shawn (Diana) of Minneapolis, MN, stepchildren: Jude (Randal), Rodney (Patricia), Greg (Michelle), Julie, Kevin (Julie), Eric (Chriss), grandchildren: Chelsea Evenson, Jacey (Brandon) Curry, Adrianna Johnson, Kayla (Justin) Lane, Kendra Johnson, Jaden Evenson, Haley Evenson, Hannah Evenson, Sofia Evenson, Mark Evenson, great grandchildren: Nova Evenson, Charlotte Lane, and Grayson Vieth, 8 step-grandchildren and 7 step-great grandchildren, siblings: Dorthy Evenson and Donald Evenson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Robert Evenson and Mildred Brillinger, and spouses.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Good Shepherd and Moments Hospice for their excellent care.
A celebration of life and burial will be held at a later date, please follow brussheitner.com for updates.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Shawn , Kam and family. Sorry to see the news of DuWanye's passing. DuWayne was always so nice to me. Many times I listened to stories of his travels and his thoughts on other nations ways of life. I can remember him and Marlin Beyer coaching Shawn and I in baseball. Patient man dealing with us hoodlums!!! Even remember the orange t-shirts he got Golden Harvest to provide us for uniforms!!! Hope you are all healthy in these crazy times. Sorry the covid has at the very least delayed a proper celebration of DuWayne's life. He lived long life! Gods speed !!! Kam I thought of you a while back when Neil Peart of Rush passed way!!! I remember Miles and you being big Rush fans! Nothing but great memories of DuWayne and you guys!!!

Posted by Wade Herbers - Minnesota Lake, MN   April 30, 2020

We are all thinking of you during this difficult time. I have wonderful memories of visiting Uncle DuWayne on the farm, having him let me drive the tractor, jumping on the trampoline and petting the Shar Pei puppies. Sending much love.

Posted by Sarah Ward - Oakland, CA - Family   April 24, 2020

Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I always look down your old gravel road with a bit of melancholy when I travel back home. Peace to you all.

Posted by Tina Warmka Triplett - Annandale, MN - Neighbor   April 23, 2020

I always enjoyed DuWayne's stories. I missed him at our last reunion here in Washington.
Prayers to the family
Cousin Julie

Posted by Julie Birch - Issaquah, WA   April 22, 2020

I enjoyed many rounds of Golf with DuWayne while I lived in Wells. I rem ember his great sense of humor and he was a good partner to have on the golf course. May God comfort you at this time as you grieve his passing.

Posted by Chuck Brooks - Baltimore, MD - Friend   April 21, 2020