The history of Evenson Funeral Home began on October 28, 1946 when George and Betty Evenson purchased the business and building from the Honeycutt family. Both from South Dakota, George and Betty had been working at the Hopkins Mortuary in Toppenish before attending the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles. Betty was the first female in Washington state to be licensed as an embalmer after attending mortuary college.
The Evensons owned and operated the funeral home for 38 years. From 1946 until 1968, Evenson Funeral Home also provided ambulance service for the citizens of lower Kittitas County stretching east to west from Vantage to Elk Heights and north to south from Blewitt Pass to Burbank Creek. For many years, this was the largest ambulance territory in Washington.
From 1945 to 1959, George and Betty made significant improvements and renovations to the facility, including expansion of the lobby, installation of an electric organ and padded pews, as well as a workshop, carport, expanded garage and parking lot.
During their ownership of the funeral home, the Evensons lived on the second story of the building. Here they raised two children, Bryan and Kay.
The Evensons were also active in many community organizations including the First Presbyterian Church, Rotary Club, the Ellensburg Rodeo and the Laughing Horse Theater.
George passed away in 2006 and Betty in 2013. They are buried at the IOOF Cemetery on Brick Road outside of Ellensburg.