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Donald Evenstad, 90, of Sharon, ND passed away Thursday, March, 20, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharon. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm with a 7:00pm prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home, Northwood, ND.
Donald was born on the homestead farm in Steele County, which has been in the family continuously for over 130 years. Donald and his wife, Odelle, have farmed this land for the last 74 years.
Donald loved being a farmer. He started with horses and cows and kept moving up to larger and larger machinery. He was known as being able to fix anything which is important for successful farming. Donald loved planting a large garden and eating and sharing all of the produce. He did not like the weeding!
Donald and Odelle enjoyed traveling. They visited from the East coast to the West coast of the United States by car. They enjoyed a trip to Norway, a trip to Greece, and an Alaskan Cruise.
When time allowed, Donald played a mean game of cards, preferably smear or pinocle.
Donald and Odelle reined as the Lefse King and Queen of Steele County. People were known to travel for many miles for this treat and to order from out of state.
Donald was active in the Farmers Union, Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharon, 4-H and the Silent Hill Chapel Committee as well as being a life-long, strong Democrat.
Survivors include his wife, Odelle; children: Faye (Gary) Gallagher, Douglas (Trudy) Evenstad, and Donovan (Regina) Evenstad; seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patty Johnson, his parents, Conrad and Elizabeth Evenstad; siblings: Conrad, Arbie, Erma, Milo, Owen, Roy, Edna, Vina, Lola, and Carrol, Wayne.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharon or your favorite charity.
Hope that you & Family are doing OK.
Robert Wood Mar 27 2014 12:00 AM
We love you and miss you Grandpa!
Tiffany Evenstad Mar 26 2014 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. We became acquainted with Don and Odelle when our daughter Shannon and Doug and Trudy's son Carl were married. Our granddaughters treasured their visits to the farm and to their only great grandparents. Don and Odelle were a wonderful couple and he will be treasured in the memories of his family and many friends. God bless you all as you gather to mourn his passing and celebrate his life.
Ray and Kathy Schroer Mar 26 2014 12:00 AM
Another good farmer gone to be with the Lord. I remember Donald and my Dad who served together as boys 4-H leaders, working together on various projects for 4-H. Particularly the wooden white farm direction signs that used to be erected at the crossroads in Westfield Township.
Cheryl Thompson Mar 24 2014 12:00 AM