Warren Tvenge’s spirit was set free from his brave battle with Parkinson’s on August 17th at Fireside Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Warren’s life was celebrated at two intimate memorials in Santa Monica, CA and Bismarck, ND with close family and friends in attendance.
Warren was born in Minot on June 14th, 1944 to Knute and Irene Tvenge, descendants of Norwegian and Finnish immigrants. Warren met his wife, Delores, at NDSU as architecture and interior design students. Marrying in 1968, they started their 50-year marriage in a charming one-room cabin in Mt. Baldy, CA, while Warren worked as an architect in Pomona, CA.
In 1969, the Army called him to active duty, and the couple found themselves on a whirlwind adventure, landing in Frankfurt Germany, where he worked on communication towers. After completion of service, Warren, Delores and their firstborn Siiri, returned to Fargo, where he earned his Masters degree in Architecture & Public Planning at NDSU.
In 1977, Warren, Delores, Siiri and Wyeth, the latest addition to their growing family, moved to Bismarck, ND and established the Architecture and Interior Design firm Tvenge Associates. Warren served as architect and consultant on various State Capitol projects from 1980 until his retirement in 2012, including various renovations of the Legislative wing, the West Entrance, the Veteran’s Memorial Public Library and Warren’s most-loved projects, the All Veteran’s Memorial and the Arboretum trail on the Bismarck State Capitol grounds.
Other notable projects were the Bismarck Airport Terminal; various Federal Buildings projects (Courthouse, Federal Building), VFW All Season’s Arena, the Bismarck Civic Center (Exhibit Hall 1990 -2008 Masterplan;) many Bismarck Zoo Exhibits (Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Sea Otter, Bear Den, Mountain lion, Bobcat, Lynx,), Custer House Reconstruction at Fort Lincoln, The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Expansion, BAGA, Various BSC buildings (Campus Housing, Higher Education Center;) ND National Guard projects (Weapons of Mass Destruction Training, RJB Center and Camp Grafton Readiness Center;) Bismarck Police Department Renovations & Police/Fire Training facilities; Great River Energy (Control Room and Commercial Coal Dryer;) Basin Electric (Wind Farm Maintenance Building;) various Bismarck Schools projects, Space Aliens Restaurants (Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks;) Scheels renovations; and many more municipal, state, federal and private buildings. Warren loved to identify trees and explore the local parks and lent a hand in designing and planning of Bismarck parks such as Sertoma, Tom O’Leary, Hillside, Pioneer.
Warren was an award-winning member of AIA, receiving the 2008 Architect Achievement Award. He was a member of NCARB, on the exam-writing committee; Bismarck Curling Club; Lion’s Club; and the Downtowner’s Association.
After a Parkinson’s-related accident in Bismarck, Warren spent time at a rehab center in Minneapolis. After great improvement, Warren moved to Sunrise of Santa Monica, CA to continue his Parkinson’s care and live close to his daughter and her fiancé.
Warren enjoyed his last 4 years with trips to parks, the beach, museums, as well, he was dancing, making beautiful art & music. Warren made friends everywhere he went, flashing his big smile, giving people a good laugh and believing one should “go forward with energy and good feelings.”
The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the community of Bismarck, Warren’s home of nearly 40 years. And, to the nurses, CNA’s, and therapists Augustana Chapel View Care Center in Hopkins, MN, for getting Warren back on his feet again; and at Fireside Health Center for keeping him on his feet, and the people of Sunrise Senior Living of Santa Monica, CA for hard work, dedication and friendship, giving Warren a wonderful home where he loved to live out his days.
Warren is survived by his wife, Delores; Son, Wyeth Tvenge (Kathryn,) NY; Daughter, Britt Tvenge (Noble,) CA; sister, Janet Kurth (Alan) AZ; sister Kay Marshall (Jim) CA; brother Alan Tvenge, AZ. He was preceded in death by their daughter Siiri, and his parents.
In lieu of flowers, friends who would like to celebrate Warren’s memory can contribute to a fund to honor Warren’s work on the design of many of Bismarck’s most visible buildings, parks and green spaces with tree and bench dedications in his name.
Contributions to the fund can be dropped off at First International Bank to the “Warren L. Tvenge Memorial Fund” at: 1601 N 12th Street, Suite 101, Bismarck, ND 58501
*The family welcomes friends to share memories of Warren. His unique sense of humor endured to the end, and humorous anecdotes are a pleasure to read. Friends interested in helping the family coordinate his memorial dedications are encouraged to send a letter or email to:
Warren Tvenge Memorial, c/o Britt Tvenge, 1223 Wilshire Blvd. #895, Santa Monica, CA 90403 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please share a memory in the online guestbook