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Visitation is Friday for Thomas W. Evenson, funeral Saturday

Thomas W. Evenson died on Father's Day at Region's Hospital in St. Paul after what his obituary says was a short, toughly-fought battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.

Evenson was nearly a life-long Hudson plumber, but it was his community service and stalwart character that he will be remembered for.

Willis Miller, the late publisher of the Star-Observer and a long-time friend of Evenson's, describe him as one of the most thoughtful and nicest men he had ever met.

"He gave his time unselfishly to others," Hudson attorney Bill Radosevich, another long-time friend of Evenson's, said on Tuesday. "I have only good memories of him."

Radosevich called Evenson a dear friend of over 40 years. He said he had shared breakfast, and often lunch, with Evenson most every weekday during that time -- usually at the now-closed Dibbo Café.

Evenson worked for 60 years in the plumbing business, beginning with his father, partnering with his brother Roger, and then opening his own business in 1992. He retired from plumbing just last April.

He served as president of the Hudson Boosters for 12 years, was president of the Hudson Country Club, and was active in numerous other community organizations.

His funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a Masonic service to follow at 7 p.m., at O'Connell Family Funeral Home.

Visitation will also take place at the church two hours prior to the funeral.

Evenson's obituary can be found on page 4C of this edition of the Star-Observer.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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