R. Bruce Everson

R. Bruce Everson


November 11, 1939 - February 2, 2023


Robert Bruce Everson, “Bruce”, 83, of Mitchell, SD, died surrounded by family February 2, 2023, at home under hospice care. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Mitchell. Visitation will be Monday, February 6, from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

R. Bruce Everson was born in Pipestone, Minnesota, November 11, 1939 to Milton A. Everson and Fern L. (Davis) Everson. Bruce grew up in Pipestone, learning the electrical business from his dad at Everson Electric. Bruce graduated from Pipestone High School in 1957, already a Master Electrician, an accomplishment he was very proud of. He married Elna “Ellie” Jensen October 24, 1958 in Ruthton, Minnesota and they made their home in Brookings, so Bruce could attend South Dakota State University. Bruce graduated from SDSU in 1963 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

In 1963 the family moved to Davenport, Iowa, where he took an electrical engineering position with General Electric. Shortly after, the family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota to work for Ray L. Roby and Associates, eventually becoming a partner and renaming the company Roby, Quintal, and Everson, Consulting Engineers. Bruce enjoyed working and worked for 60 years designing electrical systems for buildings across the state of South Dakota. Bruce, a meticulous engineer, prided himself in giving a quality electrical design to building owners. He was a member of the First United Methodist church, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), a lifetime member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Corn Palace Shrine Club, and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed shopping, shopping, shopping, boating on Lake Mitchell, spoiling his dogs, cooking meals and spending time with family and many friends. Bruce was quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and could be counted on for completing just about any task presented. He was always quick with a quip or a humorous wisecrack. He was never one to shy from telling a tale.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ellie and his children: Bob (Deb) Everson of Mitchell, Steve (Becky) Everson of Sioux Falls, Doyle (Margaret) Everson of Rapid City, Kathy (Grant) Wentz of Minot, ND, and Kami (Jeramie) Bartels of Brookings; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Bruce was preceded in death by infant daughter Michelle Everson, his parents, his brother David and sister-in-law Marcia, and father and mother-in-law.



Monday, February 6, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, February 7, 2023
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Fran Hummel on February 8, 2023
I have many find memories of Bruce & Ellie watching Doyle wrestle for the NSU Wolves. Bruce was always positive and encouraging. A great fan and super dad.
Posted by Vilas and Jane schoenfelder on February 7, 2023
To Ellie and family our sincere condolences, may his memory last a lifetime!
Posted by Deb Tilton on February 7, 2023
Ellie and family, so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and condolences.
Posted by Dan and Lillie on February 6, 2023
Thoughts and hugs to you and your family Ellie.
Posted by Deb & Dale Wilson on February 6, 2023
May memories help in this time of loss. Our sympathies.
Posted by Toni Engler Smith on February 5, 2023
I remember the our cabins together at Lake Shetak! Sending prayer
Posted by Audra Rew on February 5, 2023
My deepest sympathies to the entire family.
Posted by Ron & Bonnie Sogn Scottsdale AZ on February 4, 2023
Ellie So sorry for your lost enjoyed having your Family as neighbors for many years !!
Posted by Dick Rozum on February 4, 2023
Sorry to hear about Bruce, I always enjoyed being around him and he had a way of making me smile. My thoughts are with your family at the difficult time.
Posted by Sandy on February 3, 2023
Ellie, family and puppies I am so sorry for your loss! I feel Blessed to have spent time with Bruce in his last few weeks here on earth! He was so kind and appreciative! He will be missed! God be with you all! ✝️✝️✝️
Posted by Barb Goldammer on February 3, 2023
I am saddened by your loss. You all have my deepest sympathies.
Posted by Ken and Pat Skinner on February 3, 2023
Our sympathies to you all
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on February 3, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Will remember him fondly.
Posted by Kelly Hills on February 3, 2023
Ellie and family, I was so sorry to hear of your great loss. I've got some fond memories of your family in the old 5th St/Bridle Acres neighborhood. My sincere condolences to you all. Peace be with you.
Posted by Tim Edwards on February 3, 2023
So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was a gentle soul and a good person. I will always remember him fondly and will always have a great deal of respect for him. My thoughts are with the Everson family.
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