Richard "Dick" Curtis Evenson
Richard "Dick" Curtis Evenson, 88, of Bemidji peacefully took his last breath on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 17, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Linnea Papke-Larson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.
Dick was one of twins born September 20, 1929 in Fargo, ND to Harvey and Amandia (Vartdal) Evenson. Dick and twin brother Bob grew up with their siblings Helen, Walter, and Alice in Wolverton, MN. He became especially interested in sports of all kinds. High School had no competitive sports until his senior year when he helped organize a baseball team that competed with area schools to an unbeaten record. He continued his love of baseball, playing college and semi-pro ball. Dick graduated from Wolverton High School in 1947. The following year he moved to Minneapolis and attended Lutheran Bible Institute where he met Marjorie "Marty" Evenson. They were married in Mentor, MN on August 26, 1950. Four children were born to their union, which lasted almost 68 years. Dick began his career in 1952 teaching junior high math and coaching several sports in Belmond, Iowa. In 1956, he traveled to Bemidji on a fishing trip, liked the area, called the superintendent, got a teaching job, and never left. He spent the next 30 years teaching 6th graders in J.W. Smith School and the Middle School, retiring in 1986. He became known as "Mr. E", a name he greatly treasured. Boy Scouts were a large part of his life. His troop grew to exceed 100 boys, and the Northern MN Scouting Board awarded him the Wood Badge distinction. Dick was involved in the governance of the Minnesota Education Association serving on the Governance Board and Executive Committee of the MEA for 15 years. He was elected president of the Bemidji EA and served as teacher-negotiator. In 1986, he was selected Bemidji Teacher of the Year. He had special, life-long memories of students and fellow teachers. Dick enjoyed collecting and refinishing antiques. Fishing and hunting were also a big part of his life. He became very passionate about his Norwegian heritage, researching his family's history and taking 2 trips to Norway. He loved telling the stories of his immigrant family. Dick enjoyed good coffee and conversation. Early every morning, for many years, you could find him drinking coffee while engaged in conversation with friends at a local cafe. When Dick and Marty moved to WindSong, it didn't take long before he was a member of the morning coffee group. His family was important to Dick. He always had a word of advice and was willing to help when they needed something done.
Dick is survived by his wife Marty, children: daughters Kae Johnson & Joan Raddatz, Bemidji, sons Craig (Barbara Olson) Evenson, St. Paul, & Dave (Jessica) Evenson, Bemidji; 5 grandchildren: Leigh Torgerson, Alicia (Mike) Asmussen, Amy (Vesna Bozhinoska) Evenson, Nicole & Morgan Evenson; and 5 great-grandchildren: Devin, Kaid, Madelyn, Avery, & Elena. He is also survived by his sister Alice Evenson, Minneapolis, and special nieces, nephews & cousins. Memorials can be directed to First Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.