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Leo Halvorsen, 1922-2016

Funeral services for Leo “Bud” Russell Halvorsen Jr., 94, of Albert Lea will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mansfield Lutheran Church. The Rev. Don Rose will officiate. Interment will be at Lime Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Leo Halvorsen

Leo Halvorsen

Leo died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea.

Leo Halvorsen Jr. was born Jan. 30, 1922, at home in rural Forest City, Iowa, 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 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 are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Community, Lime Creek Cemetery Association or Lime Creek Church Preservation Fund.