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Leo "Bud" Russell Halvorsen

Funeral services for Leo “Bud” Russell Halvorsen, Jr., age 94, of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Mansfield Lutheran Church.  Rev. Don Rose will officiate. Interment will be at Lime Creek Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Leo died Wednesday, August 17 at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Leo Halvorsen, Jr. was born at home in rural Forest City, Iowa on January 30, 1922, the son of Leo Sr. and Laura (Oyer) Halvorsen.  He attended school in Leland.  He worked various jobs mostly helping farmers farm from the age of 13 to 20.  On April 5, 1942, Leo married Alma Laugen. The couple made their home in rural Emmons. Leo farmed all his life and continued driving tractor into his 80s. He was married at Lime Creek Lutheran Church where he was a member for many years and was the secretary-treasurer of the Lime Creek Lutheran Cemetery for 45 years. He was instrumental in having the Lime Creek Church building moved to the Farming of Yesteryear site. He was currently a member of Mansfield Lutheran Church. Leo enjoyed woodworking, wood carving, fishing, camping, hunting, and collecting model tractors.

Survivors include his children, Verlaine Halvorsen of Minnetonka, Daryl (Ginny) Halvorsen of Cologne, Joan (Dennis) Morgan of Wells, Anita Helland of Emmons, Steven (Cindy) Halvorsen of Emmons, and Allan (Nancy) Halvorsen of Emmons; grandchildren, Tanya (Leif Pistole) Halvorsen, Adam (special friend Nancy) Halvorsen, Scott (Julie) Morgan, Dwight (Kirsten) Morgan, Curtis (Marie) Helland, Jason Helland, Matthew (Maridy) Helland, Jennifer (Lance) Christensen, Jill (Aaron) Thursdale, Randy (Amber) Halvorsen, Daniel Halvorsen, Anne Doucot and Mark (Amber) Halvorsen; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Mescal Gooden and Ingri Krech; sister-in-law, Barb Halvorsen; and many nieces and nephews.  

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alma; granddaughter, Stacey Halvorsen; son-in-law, Jim Helland; siblings, Doris (Ed) Woynowskie, Maxine Halvorsen, Paul (Rose Marie and Darlene) Halvorsen, and Rodney Halvorsen; brothers-in-law, Don Gooden, Orville (Palma) Laugen, and Russell Krech.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Community, Lime Creek Cemetery Association, or Lime Creek Church Preservation Fund.

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You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al Batt Aug 19 2016 12:00 AM

My condolences to all Bud's family. I have many fond memories of Uncle Bud, my mother's twin, since they did visit each other, although not often because of the distance. I often was present and have fond memories of these visits between my parents and Bud and Alma, as well as all mom's family when I was visiting my parents. Special condolences to my cousins, Verlaine, Daryl, Joanne, Anita, Steven and Allen, also to Aunt Ingri and Aunt Mescal. I love all my extended Halvorsen family, they played such an important part in my childhood. Bud was the possibly last head to the (Leo & Laura) Halvorsen family I think, and I wonder who is the head now? or are we all separated now into our own clans? Love, Kathleen

Kathleen Escalera (Woynowskie) Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM

Uncle Bud was such a sweetheart. He was a quiet, gentle man with a warm smile. He was a humble, good man. We as a family are so blessed to have known him. I only have wonderful, pleasant memories of him. I think if you look up "loving-kindness" in the dictionary you will see his name next to it. My condolences and love to all his family.

Nancy Halvorsen Klingbeil Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM