Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Kenneth Charles Evenson, 82, our carpenter, was called home by Joseph, the Lord’s carpenter, from St. Marys Hospital in Rochester on June 2, 2008.
Kenneth was born Nov. 26, 1925 to Christian and Clara (Dammen) Evenson in Lanesboro, Minn., where he grew up. After he completed his education, Kenneth worked at various construction companies as a master carpenter. He joined the Navy in 1944, serving in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 from Schumacher, Calif. He met Gladys Kathleen Carlin and married her on Jan. 21, 1950 at Priest House in Preston. To this union nine children were born. Kenneth and Gladys moved to Austin in 1950. He retired from carpentry in 2005. His greatest passion in life were his family, woodworking, fishing and deer hunting with his family. He also maintained his sobriety for over 23 years.
Survivors include nine children, Christopher (Vickie) Evenson, Austin; Deborah (Barry) Moen, Red Wing, Ann (Gary) Jorgenson, Grand Marais, Jay (Mary) Evenson, Austin, Lisa Haney, Rochester, Kari (Larry) Blair, Austin, Marty (Kim) Evenson, Austin, Jamie (Sharon) Evenson, Albert Lea, Matthew (Kellie) Evenson, Austin; 21 grandchildren, Jeremy (Erin), Kalhia, Corrinne (Derek), Nichole (Peter), Lee, Sarah (Ben), Joshua, Rebecca (Brian), Skyler, Elizabeth, Abby, Peter, Devon, Aaron, Jordan, Brandon, Megan, Ashley (Chris), Ryan, Alex, Lucas; two step-grandchildren, Eric (Jackie), Jackie, (Rick); 14 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Katelyn, Caleb, Jacob, Brylie, Carson, Emily (Claire), Caden, Loden, McKenzie, Andrew, MaTaya, Shayla, Ayden (Zander); three step-great-grandchildren, Morgan, Sydney, Ethan; sister, Muriel (Virgil) Kulsrud; brother-in-law, Joe (Marie) Carlin; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Marzolf, Helen Frank, Rose (Beach) Elam, Patricia Carlin; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; his parents, Clara and Christian; brother, Archie Evenson and son-in-law, Marlin Haney.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2008 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Father Joe Fogel officiating. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. Friends may call two hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.