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Bernard Halvorson

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Bernard A. “Benny” Halvorson, age 77 of New Hampton, Iowa died Friday afternoon, June 19, 2009, at the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey and Pastor Joel Dahlen officiating. Baylee Rosonke will be the crossbearer. Dennis Strum will be the organist accompanying Maddy Hewitt as vocalist. Inurnment will be in the New Hampton City Cemetery with Eli Berst, Ben Rosonke, Casey Kellogg, Travis Lahr, Eric Brockob and Weston Wyatt as honorary pallbearers. Friends may call 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton and an hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Bernard Albert “Benny” Halvorson was born August 19, 1931, in New Hampton, IA, the son of Henry and Anna (Olson) Halvorson. He received his education in rural country school near Jerico and the New Hampton High School. On October 3, 1953, at the former St. Olaf Lutheran Church in New Hampton he married Janice C. Hartson. To this union six children were born. Benny had worked at the Iowa State Department of Transportation retiring after 41 years. In 1965, the couple purchased their farm northwest of New Hampton where they raised their family. His wife Janice died on June 17, 2001 at the age of 65. Benny especially loved working on the farm, socializing with friends and family, and in his later years fishing, camping, gambling and watching old westerns. He had been living at the Riverside Chatauqua Assisted Living in Charles City, where he enjoyed watching the river. Survivors include two sons, Bradley “Bucky” (Pam) Halvorson of New Hampton, Todd (Krista) Halvorson of Erie, CO; four daughters, Brenda (Mike) Kellogg of Nashua, Lori (Mike) Rosonke of New Hampton, Debra (Steve) Lahr of Fairfax Station, VA, Tamara (Dan) Halvorson of Madrid, IA; 18 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jeannie Huber and Anna Mae Qualley both of New Hampton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one brother, Hartley Halvorson.

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  1. Brad and Brenda, I remember your dad from the couple of years that our family lived in your neighborhood way back in the early 1960s, and you guys and I played together all the time. My deepest sympathies to your entire family at this time of loss.

  2. You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Benny was a great guy and I have wonderful memories of him while spending time at your house during our high school years. Take comfort in the knowledge that Benny and Jan are enjoying themselves together again in paradise. Sharon and Joe

  3. We are very sorry to hear of Benny’s passing. I have many fond memories of being at the Halvoson’s home. God bless and keep you at this difficult time.

  4. I worked for the DOT out of the Waterloo office and had occasions to work with Benny. He was interesting to say the least to visit and spend some days with. I am sorry for your loss and know you have many more wonderful memories of him than I could even hope for. God Bless

  5. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Take comfort in knowing he is in a better place. **Deb, I was on the website checking on my Uncle Joe’s arrangements and saw your father’s name. I am so sorry. Thinking of you…Micki (Gilbert) Paulsen

  6. Sincere sympathy on the loss of your dad. May your good memories of him help you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family in this time of sadness. Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

  7. Brenda, Bucky, Lori, Debbie,Todd and Tammy, you have our deepest sympathy. Mom and I were just talking about your dad on Thursday, and saying how much he liked to visit! He will be missed, you are all in our prayers. Zo & John

  8. I will so miss Benny, I drove one of the taxis that took him to dialysis, he was a wonderful man. We always talked about the animals along the river near his apartment.

  9. Lori, Mike and family I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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