Warren Tvenge’s spirit was set free from his brave battle with Parkinson’s in Santa Monica, Calif. Beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Warren’s life was celebrated at two intimate memorials in Santa Monica and Bismarck with close family and friends in attendance.
After serving in the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany, and returning to NDSU to earn his master's degree, Warren, his wife, Delores (interior designer), and their growing family moved to Bismarck in 1977 and established Tvenge Associates, Architects & Planners. Warren’s most-loved projects were the All Veteran’s Memorial and the Arboretum trail on the Bismarck State Capitol grounds. Warren served as architect and consultant on various State Capitol & Grounds projects from 1980 until his retirement in 2012.
Other notable projects were the Bismarck Airport Terminal, VFW All Season’s Arena, the Bismarck Civic Center, many Bismarck Zoo Exhibits, Space Aliens restaurants, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Expansion and many more municipal, state, federal and private buildings and projects.
Warren was an award-winning member of AIA, NCARB, Bismarck Curling Club, Lion’s Club, and the Downtowners Association.
Warren is survived by his wife of 50 years, Delores; son, Wyeth (Kathryn); daughter, Britt (Noble); sister, Janet Kurth (Alan); sister, Kay Marshall (Jim); brother, Alan Tvenge. He was preceded in death by daughter Siiri, and parents Knute and Irene Tvenge.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to all who have worked hard to help Warren maintain a good quality of life from Bismarck to Minneapolis to Santa Monica. The family has been deeply moved by all of the extraordinary health care professionals who have gone above and beyond to keep Warren dancing and smiling til the 11th hour.
Warren enjoyed his last 4 years with weekly lunch outings, trips to the parks, museums, and beach, and making beautiful art and music. He enjoyed frequent visits from close family and friends, and made new friends everywhere he went, flashing his big smile and giving people a good laugh with his sharp wit and humor. He gave people a lot of smiles while dancing his heart out at the many music performances at Sunrise of Santa Monica.
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 St., 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please share a memory in the online guest book at www.bismarckfuneralhome.com.