Posted 12/05/12 (Wed)
Funeral service for Orvis Evanson, 90, Arnegard, N.D. (more recently Glendive, Mont.), was at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, N.D., with Pastor Rob Favorite officiating. Interment was at the Wilmington Cemetery under the direction of the Fulkerson Funeral Home, of Watford City, N.D. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Orvis Parnell Evanson was born June 12, 1922, in Arnegard, N.D., to Christen and Iveda (Eide) Evanson. He graduated from Watford City High School in 1940. In his younger days, he was an avid bowler, umpired for the Arnegard softball league and taught Sunday School at Wilmington Lutheran Church.
In 1943 Orvis joined in the United States Army serving in the South Pacific until 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific service medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, with one bronze service star – Victory Medal.
Upon returning, he farmed on the original farm place southeast of Arnegard until retirement. Orvis was a charter member of the Arnegard Lions Club, a lifetime member of the American Legion, an Ideal Township board member, before it was incorporated, a board member of the Wilmington Lutheran Church, and a member and treasurer of the Arnegard Volunteer Fire Department.
Orvis drove school bus for many years, “until he quit." Many of the kids on his bus called him “Uncle." He spent many winters in Camas/Washougal, Wash., with his sisters and brother, attending the Lutheran church there.
Orvis died on Monday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, Mont.
Orvis is survived by his sisters, Eleanor Wright, Phyllis Hutchinson, and Jean Ellenz, Washougal, Wash., Delores (Ray) Price, Portland, Ore., Gloria Keller, Valporaiso, Ind.; his brother, Gerald (Linda) Evanson, Steilacoom, Wash.
Preceding Orvis in death, are his sister, Idella Ritter; his brothers, Carroll, Glenn, baby brother Jacob; and two nephews and two great-nephews.