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Harold Paul Halverson 1932-2009

THOMPSON, HALVERSON, IVERSON, BUTIKOFER, SOMMERS, MEYER, BEATTY, KRAMER, YEAROUS

Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 11/14/2009 at 13:53:08

Harold P. Halverson, 77, of Waukon died Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Friday, October 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial was at Mt. Sterling Lutheran Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, WI.

Harold Paul Halverson was born April 8, 1932 on the Crawford County, WI farm of his parents, Albert Thomas and Alma Olena (Thompson) Halverson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church, attended the Brockway rural elementary school, and graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1949. Harold began a long career in cheese making immediately after school when he went to work at the cheese factory in Seneca, WI.

April 8, 1952 he married Margaret Elaine Iverson at the Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church. They farmed the family farm for a year before he returned to cheese making in German Valley, IL. Two years later he bought into a plant in Wadena, naming it Wadena Cheese & Butter, Inc. He operated the Wadena business for 19 years. During this time he acquired plants in Ridgeway and Volney and the Ludlow Community Dairy in rural Waukon, where he moved in 1976. Harold won numerous state championship awards for his cheese making. After selling the Ludlow plant in 1987, Harold spent several years selling grave markers for Winona Monument Company.

Harold was an active community member and volunteer throughout his life. While in Wadena he was a member/Chief of the Wadena Fire Department and member/President of the Valley Community School Board. In Waukon he was a member of the Lions and Kiwanis service clubs, and served as president of both the St. Johnís Lutheran Church Council and Waukon Golf and Country Club. Harold liked to hunt and was an avid bowler and golfer. He and Margaret liked to travel and for many years spent part of the winter in Mesa, AZ.

As a sports fan, he enjoyed following the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes. Many of his favorite times were spent with his family, playing cards as well as following his childrenís many activities.

Survivors include his wife Margaret of Waukon; five children, Greg Halverson of North Ogden, UT, Cindy (Scott) Butikofer of Cresco, Margie (Kris) Sommers of Prophetstown, IL, Mary Jo (Russ) Meyer of Waukon, and Mark Halverson of Dallas, TX; nine grandchildren, Bryan, Ashley and Matthew Halverson, Tina Brown, Aaron Butikofer, Bailey and Nathan Meyer, Anne Harrop and Kate Cleverly; nine great-grandchildren, Emmalee, Lawson and Aiden Brown, Cole and Kyra Butikofer, and Allie, Megan, Marcus and Corbin Cleverly; a brother, Roland (Mayda) Halverson of Cottage Grove, WI; three sisters, Helen Beatty of Viroqua, WI, Berniece Kramer of Neenah, WI and Mary Jane Yearous of Rome, GA; and 2 sisters-in-law, Thelma Halverson of Viroqua, WI and Judy Halverson of Gladbrook.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Eric in 1987 and infant Wayne; and two brothers, Alvin and Roger Halverson.

Casketbearers were Bryan Halverson, Matthew Halverson, Aaron Butikofer, Nathan Meyer, Scott Butikofer, Kris Sommers, and Russ Meyer.

Waukon, Iowa newspaper, THE STANDARD, October 21, 2009
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