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Bill Evenson 02/03/2023

William “Bill” Evenson, age 87 of Baldwin, WI, died on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Bill was born the son of William and Lena (Nelson) Evenson on December 28, 1935 in River Falls, WI. He grew up in the Hammond, WI area, graduating from Hammond High School with the class of 1953. On October 20, 1956, Bill was married to Colleen Hyde at St. Mary’s Church in Hammond. Bill worked at the Armour Company in St. Paul, MN for 21 years. After Armour, Bill went to work for the St. Croix County Highway Department, retiring in 1998. He enjoyed playing golf, coffee with the guys, fishing and gardening. Bill made friends easily, was blessed with the gift of gab, and loved to pull a good prank on friends or family. He was the best husband, father grandfather, and great-grandfather, always putting his family first. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Lena Evenson; grandson, Matthew Rasmussen; son-in-law, Mike Fern; and 7 siblings. Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years, Colleen Evenson; children, Lori (Dan) Hawkins, Jody Fern, Vicki (Dennis) Ullom, and Gary (Mary) Evenson; grandchildren, Brent (Jessica) Hawkins, Jackie (Evan) Larsen, Nathan Fern, Jared (Shawna) Fern, Jeff (Kim) Fern, Aaron Rasmussen, Katie Evenson, Hannah Evenson, Brooke Evenson; great-grandchildren, Jack, Graham, Ava, Shane, Leah, Emmett, Weston; brother, Harold Evenson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 12 noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1265 Ridgeway St, Hammond, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary. Visitation was also on Wednesday from 10 am – 12 noon at the church. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Bill’s service



  • Fr. Jerry Posted February 5, 2023 4:48 am

    God bless Bill, you, Colleen, and the rest of the family. I enjoyed our visits and going out to eat.

  • Ron and Dina Bonte Posted February 5, 2023 12:32 pm

    Sincere condolences to the family! Sorry , to learn that Bill past away! Bill was a nice man and good neighbor.

  • Trish & Paul Brewinski Posted February 5, 2023 5:59 pm

    Jody, our love is with you as you celebrate your wonderful dad’s life. 💔♥️🦋

  • Dave and Julie Herman Posted February 5, 2023 7:21 pm

    Our sincere thoughts for all of you.

  • Dave and Julie Herman Posted February 5, 2023 7:26 pm

    Our sincere thoughts for all of your family.

  • Mary P Jensen Posted February 6, 2023 9:56 am

    So sorry to hear hear of Bill’s passing. He and the whole family, were great neighbors on highway 12, Always there to help. I have lots of good memories of Bill. He will be greatly missed by all that knew what a great person he was. Rest in peace my friend.

  • John and Nancy Rock Posted February 6, 2023 5:14 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to you Colleen and your entire family. Bill was a great guy. Always a smile and a greeting and always ready to lend a hand. You will all be in our thoughts these coming days.

  • Dale and Cindy Gardner Posted February 7, 2023 7:24 am

    Very sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed Bills laughter and sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

  • Dennis Ross Posted February 7, 2023 9:06 am

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Always enjoyed seeing Bill. Was true building block of Hammond.

  • John & Peggy Wells Posted February 8, 2023 11:37 am

    Colleen & family,
    Our very sincere sympathy in the loss of Uncle Bill! He was always so full of if & enjoyed visiting with him so much!! He was a favorite Uncle to Johnny & Uncle Bill’s sense of humor & stories will be treasured & live on! Holding you up in prayer! Our hearts hurt for you! Love Johnny & Peggy

  • Edna Brown Posted February 8, 2023 11:57 am

    My thoughts and sympathy are with you, Colleen, and your family. I am with you today via modern web capabilities!

    My first thought when reading Bills obituary, the picture truly “is Bill”, His smile shows his love of all around him!

  • Lori Thompson Posted March 7, 2023 9:48 am

    I’m so sorry about the passing of Bill. I know so well how much it hurts to lose a spouse. We never get over it, but we do adjust to being on our own. When I saw you two last fall at the reunion, I knew he wasn’t well. I send my sympathy and compassion for the hurt you’re going thru.

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