Services for Charles D Evenwoll
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:50am admin
Charles D Evenwoll went to be with his Lord on the night of Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the age of 78.
Charlie has lived a full life. After high school, Charlie worked for Holm’s welding paddle boats for $2.00 a day. He then did elevator construction at Northwoods ND. After that he worked on a farm for Gilmore Lee. From there he moved to Fargo ND where he worked doing HVAC.
He found an apartment to stay in and as he drove up in his 1957 Ford the little girl whose parents owned the apartment came running up to Pearl and said “The guy you are going to marry just moved in downstairs” (Pearl was going to Joseph’s School of Hair Design). Pearl broke the washing machine in the basement and Paul Linde & Charlie came to the rescue. Charlie asked Pearl out on their first date, to see the Harlem Globetrotters. They continued to date for two years and were married November 23, 1963.
They lived in Breckenridge MN where Charlie was in charge of doing the HVAC for the high school. They then moved to Grand Forks where Donovan was born. From Grand Forks they moved to Grand Rapids where he worked for a local shop and also worked in Virginia MN, it was at this time that Kim was born. This is also when Charlie began a very successful snowmobile racing stint for Arctic Cat.
Air Control out of Grand Forks asked him to run a shop for them that they were opening in Bemidji. He did air systems for various nursing homes and Bemidji College. Then they made another move to Wilton. At this time Holly was born. When Custom Air from Grand Forks got the job doing Bemidji’s new hospital they asked Charlie to run the job, which he did out of our old shop on the farm.
After the hospital job finished, he worked for a company out of Oregon building Northwoods Panelboard. His boss, Steve Sharlow, told him “after we leave, these plants ( Northwoods & Potlatch) will need maintenance. I think you should open a shop.”, in 1980 Charles, along with his brother Kenny opened EvenAire Systems, Inc.
In 1987, Kenny sold his shares to Charlie and now EvenAire will soon be celebrating 40 years in the business. However, Charlie’s great love was the farm so while he was doing all this work and building EvenAire he was also slowly renting and buying land, machinery and the eleven original cows, and like EvenAire, the farm grew and became his pride.
In 1987, Charlie bought his first Harley. He had many fun adventures including 26 years of attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and a riding trip all the way to Alaska. Pearl and Charlie also enjoyed trips to Arizona for 17 years during MN colder months. They also enjoyed going to Oregon, Texas and Arkansas to visit special friends.
One of Charlie’s favorite trips was when he and Pearl took a cruise to Cuba. He said it was like stepping back in time, the streets were filled with classic American cars. He and Pearl spent a day being driven around in a 1957 Ford convertible. Taking in the sights and getting to know their driver as Charlie was always trying to learn whatever he could from the people who knew.
Charlie was part of the Gideon’s when he lived in Wilton. He taught Sunday School at the Solway and Shevlin Lutheran churches. He was part of the Courtyard Team at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Bemidji. He loved his Lord with all his heart.
If you asked Charlie’s friends who he was you would hear that he was a strong man of faith who always felt he had been truly blessed even when fighting cancer. He was a man of integrity, a historian, full of wisdom and willing to share, a good friend, the glue that held us together. He was generous and always helping others.
Preceded to heaven by his parents Herb & Florence Evenwoll, and many other special family and friends. He will be missed by his the love of his life Pearl, son Donovan (Susie) Evenwoll of Shevlin, daughter Kim (Jamey) Evenwoll-Danielson of Shevlin, daughter Holly (Dean) Flansburg of Bemidji, Grandchildren Keira (Noah) Bitz, Cameron Danielson, Cassy Danielson, Courney (Elijah) Lietz, Katrina Evenwoll, Alyssa Flansburg, Bethany Flansburg, Kylie Evenwoll, brothers Ken Evenwoll, Dave (Pat) Evenwoll and sister Janice Marsh until they reunite in heaven.
We would like to invite family & friends to a celebration of Charlie’s life to be held Friday night October 18th at the Cease Funeral Home in Bagley from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, please bring memories and stories to share.
Funeral service will be held Saturday October 19th at 11:00am at the Bemidji Covenant Church. There will be a light lunch served after the service. Internment at the Shevlin Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be sent to ceasefuneralhome.com