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Obituary for Charles Halvorson


Charles Jerry Halvorson, 87, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Caledonia Care and Rehab. Charles was born July 19, 1930 to Carl and Christina (Fureseth) Halvorson. He attended Yucatan Country School for 8 years. At the age of 16 he began working at Levassuer-Halvorson Tie Mill in Houston. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1950. He served 11 months and 19 days on the front lines in Korea. While enlisted he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and a Bronze Star. He was discharged in September 1953. He met the love of his life, Rita Kateley, at the Avalon Ballroom in La Crosse, Wisconsin. They were married on September 26, 1953. He worked at several jobs prior to settling in at Earl’s Tree Service, where he worked until 1968. It was at that time that he purchased the Standard Oil bulk route in Houston and Rushford. In 1975 he built the Halvorson Oil Gas Station. He and his son Steve became business partners. They remained partners until Charles retired in 1988. After retiring from the business, he continued to work part-time as the grounds keeper for Houston Public Schools. In addition, he drove school bus for several years. Charles served his community in many capacities. He retired with 20 years of service on the Houston Fire Department, as well as being a member of the Houston Ambulance Service. He served on the council of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. Charles was a lifetime VFW member. In 1999 they moved to Reno, Nevada. They were residents there until 2017 when they returned to Minnesota. Charles is survived by his wife Rita, of 64 years, his children; Steve (Jean) of Houston, Kathy (Brad) Dietel of New Prague, Rick of Caledonia, and Chuck Jr. (Lyn) of Houston, 5 grandchildren; Robert (Greta), Andrew (Amy), Tamara, Lindsey (Brian), and Allison (Tyler), two step grandchildren; Greg and Rachel, eleven great-grandchildren, six step great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and one brother, Carlton. Charles was preceded in death by both of his parents, one daughter, Debbie, one daughter-in-law, Lynn, one brother Roger, and one sister, Sue. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00-4:00pm in the fellowship hall at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 210 South Chase St., Houston, Minnesota.