Posted 4/11/17 (Tue)
Leland (Lee) Evjen, 83, of Williston, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family under the care of hospice early Tuesday morning, April 4, 2017.
Leland (Lee) Evjen, son of Halgrim and Margaret (Moe) Evjen, was born November 26, 1933, along with his twin sister Lillian on the family farm south of Alexander.
Leland graduated Salutatorian from Alexander High School and went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone shortly after graduation. He enlisted in the Army and served as a satellite tracking technician at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Upon leaving the military, Leland returned to North Dakota and Northwestern Bell in Grand Forks where he met and married Beverly Green at the United Lutheran Church. Leland was recalled back to active service until he was Honorably Discharged in 1962.
Leland and Beverly moved to Williston, N.D., where he returned to work for Northwestern Bell where he continued to work for the next 37 years. After retirement, Leland started Lee’s Telephone Service and continued working until the fall of 2016.
As an avid sportsman, the comradery of hunting and fishing with his family and friends was something that Lee dearly loved.
Leland was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather. His family includes his wife, Beverly of Williston; sons, Don (Vicki) of Great Falls, Mont., Robert of Williston; daughter, Cheri (Dave) Brown of Williston; grandchildren, Erik and Stephanie Evjen of Great Falls, and Seth Brown of Williston; brothers Harry, of Menomonie, Wisc., and Clarence of Boone, N. C.; sisters, Lillian Ross of Tacoma, Wash., and Selma Levno of Sidney, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Lee in death were his infant brother, Helmer; parents, Margaret and Halgrim; and his daughter-in-law, Cheryl Evjen.
His funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, April 7, 2017, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Bishop Russell Gentry officiated. Interment with military rites were held in Riverview Cemetery following the funeral service.
Family requests any gifts or memorials be given to Williston Hospice services.
Friends are welcome to visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share memories of Leland or leave condolences for his family.