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Leo "Bud" Russell Halvorsen

January 30, 1922 — August 17, 2016

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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