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Posted - 04/22/2016 : 22:05:44
| Gerald L. Halvorson, 82, a retired Casa Grande teacher, and veteran of the Normandy invasion, died on February 15, 2001 at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.
Visitation is to be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Fred Hazel officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mr. Halvorson was born on February 4, 1919 in Park Rapids Minnesota, to Lydia and Clarence Halvorson. The family moved to St. Ansgar, Iowa, when he was 4. He attended school there and graduated from high school in 1936. He entered the Army in 1942 and served in the 90th Division, 315th Engineer Battalion. He fought in Normandy and other battles including the Battle of the Bulge and was in Czechoslovakia at the end of the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star before his discharge on November 1, 1945.
He married Betty M. Haugstad on June 22, 1946 in Preston, Minnesota.
He attended Iowa State College after leaving the service and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949. He taught agriculture and was an FFA adviser in Iowa and Minnesota before moving to Casa Grande in 1967. He earned a Master's degree at Murray State College in Kentucky in 1969 by attending summer school. He taught science for 14 years at Casa Grande Junior High School before retiring in 1981. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion and Military Order of the purple Heart.
Survivors include his wife; six daughters: Gloria J. Johnson, Nancy K. Jackson, and Debbie A. Fitzpatrick, all of Casa Grande, Bonnie G. Haynes of Rochester, Minnesota, Beth M. Davis of Sherman, Texas, and Julie A. Wruble of Gilbert; two sons, Ronald A. and William G. Halvorson of Casa Grande; a sister Esther M. Quam of Minnetonka, Minnesota; a brother, Alton C. Halvorson of St. Ansgar; 25 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, or Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
Cole & Maud Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
[Casa Grande Dispatch
Casa Grande, Arizona
Monday, February 19, 2001]