Evans Erland Terning, age 85, of Dassel, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.
He was born April 5, 1930, on a farm south of Cokato, the son of Alfred and Judith (Neumann) Terning. Evans was baptized and later confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.
He grew up in the Cokato area, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1948.
Evans was united in marriage to Wanda Rieck June 16, 1956. The couple made their home in Cokato, Glencoe, Plainview, Howard Lake, and moved to Dassel in 1985, where Evans built his home on the shore of Lake Washington.
Evans had been employed as a telephone engineer for 40 years for the United Telephone Company, and later Sprint.
He always had time to help others out, and was often found lending a hand to neighbors or at the Dassel Rod and Gun Club helping with the fish fry and other events. He enjoyed fishing, and woodworking, and loved to travel. Evans and Wanda traveled to every state in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii; Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Nova Scotia, and enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada.
Evans also enjoyed spending time with his family and his grandchildren for holidays and other special get-togethers, especially Christmas and the fourth of July.
Evans is survived by his wife, Wanda “Shorty” Terning of Dassel; children, Kim (Philip Thiesse) Terning of Excelsior, Kari Lemke of St. Paul, and Karl (Cammy Moses) Terning of Dassel; five grandchildren, Robert Lemke, Paige (Erik Fremstad) Thiesse, Cody Moses, Madeline Thiesse, and Samantha Terning; and a sister, Verna Sotebeer of Edina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Reynold Terning.
A memorial service took place Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Daniel Belgum-Blad officiating.
There was a time to gather Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, which handled the funeral arrangements.