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Orvin Stephen Evenski

Orvin Stephen Evenski passed away at home in Howard Lake Thursday, April 3, 2003, after a battle with cancer. He had reached the age of 76 years, seven months and 26 days.

Orvin was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Litchfield to Stephen and Grace (Pettit) Evenski.

The family moved around a lot when Orvin was young. They lived in Morrison County, Cokato, and finally settled on the farm in Stockholm Township in 1941.

Orvin was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Winsted. He attended the Rice Lake, Beaver Dam, and Stockholm Township Schools.

As a young man he worked at the Stockholm Creamery.

Orvin served his country during the Korean conflict during 1954 and 1955. He was in the US Army. After military service, Orvin did road construction and worked for Orville Severson, and Stockholm Township.

Orvin married Gale Hendrickson Oct. 21, 1958, at the Annandale Evangelical Free Church.

They made their home in Cokato, first by Brooks Lake. Then they built a home at Rice Lake where the old school was, and stayed there for seven years before moving to their home in Howard Lake.

In 1962, Orvin started working for Pure Milk of Winsted, as a cheese maker. He worked there for 20 years, he then worked for the USDA as a cheese grader.

Survivors include his wife Gale; children Debbie (Tom) Trottier of Phoenix, Stephen (Norma) Evenski of San Antonio, and Jeff of Maple Lake; seven grandchildren; step-mother Alma Evenski of Cokato; brother Roland (Alice) Evenski of Palm Desert, Calif.; step-brothers Edward (Doris) Evenski of Florida, Arnold (May) Evenski of Dassel, and Vernon (Diane) Evenski of Michigan.

Services for Orvin Stephen Evenski took place Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at the United Methodist Church of Howard Lake. Pastor jeff Harder officiated the service, and music was provided by Diane Johnson.

Casketbearers were Steve Evenski, Jeff Evenski, Alex Evenski, Andy Evenski, Tom Trottier, and Shane James.

Arrangements were made by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Inc. of Cokato and Howard Lake.

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