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Vernon G. “Evie” Evanson

owner of Evanson Jensen Funeral Home, Lemmon, South Dakota, died April 8, 2012, at age 92. Evanson served with the U.S. Army in France during World War II. Following a year at St. Olaf College, he transferred to the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in mortuary science. He returned to Lemmon to work with his father, who owned Evanson’s Funeral Home and Evanson’s Furniture in addition to operating an ambulance service. This business later became Evanson and Son and then Evanson Jensen Funeral Home. He retired in 1986. Evanson was an organizing member and served on the board of directors of KBJM Radio, Lemmon Livestock Market and Gregorian Manufacturing. He was involved with the Lemmon Housing Authority, helping to oversee the first HUD elderly housing complex in Lemmon, and was a member of the original Lemmon Economic Development Board to revitalize Main Street. He also served on Lemmon’s school board and city council, the Lemmon Volunteer Fire Department and Lions Club, serving as president for the latter at various times. Evanson was chosen as Centennial Grand Marshal of Lemmon because of his extraordinary commitment. He was also a member of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association. He is survived by wife Ollie, daughter Darlene, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.