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John H. Halvorson
March 14, 1936 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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John H. Halvorson, 87, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident died on Monday, January 22, 2024 from complications of a stroke at Mayo Clinic Rochester St. Marys Campus.
John Henry Halvorson was born on March 14, 1936 in Rochester, MN to George and Ione (Peterson) Halvorson. He grew up on the family farm in High Forest Township. He attended country school and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1953. He enlisted in the US Air Force serving three years including duty overseas in Japan. John married Marilyn M. Polikowsky on June 8, 1958 and lived on Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis NM while John completed his military service. John and Marilyn moved back to Stewartville in 1960. They built a home on the Halvorson family farmstead in 1972 where John was able to continue his love for farming and raising his family. John was an employee at IBM in Rochester for over 30 years until his retirement. Marilyn was a homemaker and was employed as a bookkeeper at Gopher Aviation and Gopher Welding both in Rochester. She was also an accountant at Pace Dairy in Rochester for several years. Marilyn Halvorson died on June 8, 1997. John continued to make his home in rural Stewartville, and soon re-married. John married Alice Hunt on February 28, 1998 in Stewartville. Alice was an LPN nurse and worked at the Stewartville Nursing Home until her retirement soon after marrying John.
John was a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church. He was an active member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 and the Stewartville Driftskippers snowmobile club in his earlier years. John created the snowmobile safety training curriculum and taught training classes for youth through the Stewartville Driftskippers for many years. He enjoyed fishing and followed the MN Twins and MN Vikings. He was an avid sports lover and would often be in the bleachers cheering on his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and supporting the local Stewartville youth. His love for sports was also demonstrated when he worked with a few other men from the community to create the Stewartville Youth Athletic Association. He volunteered hundreds of hours to get this program started and appropriately funded. John was a very social man and enjoyed playing pranks on friends and neighbors. His “Norwegian heritage” was often the talk of the neighborhood.
John is survived by one daughter and two sons - Terry(Laurie) of Monroe, NC; Kevin of Duluth, MN, and Karen(Michael) Laures of rural Stewartville; his wife – Alice Halvorson and three stepdaughters – Deb (Mike) Garry of Rochester, Robin (Kevin) Splittstoesser of Stewartville, and Joni (Todd) Craft of Andover; six grandchildren - Danielle (Cody) Schmitt, Brittany (Drew) Johnson, Aslynn (Andrew) Weaver, Andrew Halvorson, Justin Halvorson and Erik Halvorson; seven step-grandchildren – Lindsay (Brian) Broveleit, Hannah(Zachary) Lechner, Kyle Splittstoesser, Laura (Eric) Neville, Leigh (Anthony) Dzubay, Jennifer Craft (Anthony Simmons), Melissa (Jordan) Tradewell and 14 great grandchildren - Addison, Owen, Greyson, Tessa, Rowan, Coco, Reese, Kennady, Mason, Paxton, Jovie, Jonas, Juliette and Maxwell. He was preceded in death by his first wife Marilyn, his parents and brother Rodney.
A funeral service will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Tim Bowman officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Wednesday January 31, 2024 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion,Post 164 will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
The family suggests memorials to the First Responders and Stewartville Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of John are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com