Gerald Evenson, 75, of Lanesboro

Gerald Evenson

Gerald “Jerry” Carl Evenson, 75, of Lanesboro, died on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Harmony Community Healthcare in Harmony, after struggling with Lewy Body Dementia. 

He was born in St. Paul to Carroll “Fritz” and Anna (Helgeson) Evenson on March 12, 1943.

He went to school at Harmony High School and continued his education at Austin Area Vocational School in Austin where he studied electronics.

He married Dorothy Anderson on Sept. 14, 1963, in rural Lanesboro.

He worked at Crenlo Manufacturing in Rochester and as a meat cutter for a little over a year.

After moving to Lanesboro, he worked as a parts and service manager for Peterson Motors. They also lived in Henrytown and rural Harmony where they built their dream home. He also held jobs at Peterson Brothers, John Deere, Milo Peterson Ford in Kenyon and Decorah Auto Center. He kept busy with all his part-time jobs — hauling milk for Joe Moen, delivering Agri News, road maintenance with Amherst Township. After retiring, he mowed for Lanesboro Golf Club, drove bus for school and Semcac.

He was an active member of the Elstad Lutheran Church where he served on the church council, sang in the choir and played on the church Dart Ball Team. He was a member of the Lanesboro City Council as well as the Utility Board.

He was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed working on them. He knew the make and model of every car he passed. He was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix anything. He enjoyed golfing, collecting guns, spending time with family and hunting pheasants with his son. He also found enjoyment in car and gun shows. He was known by everyone in the tri-county area because of his “gift to GAB”. 

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Lanesboro; a son, Scott (Annette) of Harmony; two daughters, Dawn (Jerry) Steffes of La Crescent and Heidi (Bill Fishbaugher) Evenson of Canton; four grandchildren, Khala and Angel Funke and Brandy and Ryan Steffes; two stepgrandchildren, Michael and Hanna Fishbaugher; three sisters, Carolyn (Bob) Eidenschink, LeAnne (Dave) Kingsley and Brenda (Lyle) Kurth and a brother, Robert (Chris) Evenson.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard and his sister, Nancy. 

Memorial services for him were held on Wednesday, June 27, at Elstad Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating. Burial followed at Elstad Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting the family with arrangements.