Willard Dean Halverson

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Willard Dean Halverson

April 25, 1922 - September 15, 2019

Willard Dean Halverson Willard Dean Halverson
Willard Dean Halverson, 97, entered eternal life Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at his home. He was born to Henry Rickard (Rick) and Leilah (Sandman) Halverson, April 25, 1922, at Spruce Lane Farm, Moe Coulee, Holmen, on which he later was the fourth generation to farm. He attended Long Coulee Grade School and graduated from Holmen High School in 1940. He was farming with his Dad when he was offered a job testing milk for 30 herds in Jefferson County, Wis., which he did for a couple of years. Helen (Johnson), his high school sweetheart, and he were married Oct. 31, 1944, at Lewis Valley Lutheran near Holmen. They farmed for a couple more years with his Dad. On March 4, 1946, he started work at Krause Dairy in Onalaska, washing quart bottles which was the largest milk container at that time. By the time he retired in 1982, he had worked up to management with Borden's Dairy. During those years he also painted houses and farmed part time. He was a life member of Guernsey Breeders of America and a Neighborhood Commissioner for Boy Scouts of America for several years.
He was also a life member of Rotary International, having earned the Melvin Jones award for Service above Self. He believed in improving foreign relations one person at a time, so he and Helen hosted three Rotarian foreign exchange students over the years, from Mexico, Netherlands and Japan. They also hosted fellow Rotarian, Dr. Surrender Singh, a professor at UW-La Crosse, living in their home for six years while Dr. Singh supported his family and a free school in India.
As an active member of First Lutheran, he served on church council and did much volunteer work. He was on the building committee in 1953.
He was a hardworking and humble man who loved his Lord and Savior, his family and living life to the fullest. He was the best husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, duck, goose and turkey hunter, card player and pancake maker with which a family could be blessed! He was always thankful for his many blessings. He believed in the power of the Holy Spirit and if there were troubles or challenges he would say, "The Holy Spirit will take care of it!" His other best words of wisdom were "work hard!"
He is survived by his wife of 74 years, 10 months and 15 days, Helen; a daughter, Kay (Jim) Nelson; a son, Wayne (Sandra) Halverson; two granddaughters and their husbands, Stephanie (Nelson) and Al Peterson and Lindsay (Nelson) and Tim Rothering; and five great-grandchildren, Alaina and Samantha Peterson and Kasey, John and Leila Rothering. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Evelyn Olson; and several nieces, nephews, the Cousins Monthly Lunch Club, the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an older brother and wife, Lloyd and Lorraine Halverson; and a younger brother and wife, Merton and Maxine Halverson; and a brother-in-law, Stanley Olson.
The family wishes to thank Gundersen Hospice for their wonderful care and support and loving family and great friends for their caring visits and help.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church, Onalaska. Burial will be in the Long Coulee Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska and again from 10 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Onalaska; The American Cancer Society; or the church of donor's choice. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com. To plant a tree in memory of Willard Dean Halverson, please visit Tribute Store.
Published on September 18, 2019
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Kasey Rothering
Oct 22, 2019
I am Willard's great-granddaughter. I thank you all for your condolences. He was always encouraging me when it came to my violin and piano practice and never seemed to get angry quickly. We all miss him so much. I give my thanks to those of you that made his life the best it could be. He was a wonderful and caring man and will be missed greatly.
Gary and Carol Thrun and Marlene Shimanski
Sep 22, 2019
So sad for the loss of Bill. Both Bill and Helen are so special. Thoughts and prayers to Helen and family.
Paul Baccari & michael Neel of Massachusetts
Sep 20, 2019
Our condolences to your family , Wayne & Sandra are friends of ours , Wayne is a gentleman and one of the nicest guys raised well & Sandra is a sweetheart . RIP & fly with the Angels 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Steve Shaw
Sep 20, 2019
Always looked forward to seeing Willard when I worked at Skogens Grocery Store. Good man, Good Family !
debra peterson
Sep 19, 2019
Secret Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Willard Dean Halverson by debra peterson.  Send flowers
Eleanor Schrumm Garlow
Sep 19, 2019
He sounds like an upspstanding man, ready to make the world a better place...
Sarah (Fibeger) Marohl
Sep 18, 2019
Our families have enjoyed each other for so many years! Bill and Helen were so special to my grandparents, Connie and Ruth Hanson. It was so fun to see Bill and Helen over the years! And of course Kay and Jim and girls to my parents Fred and Rose Fibeger. What a wonderful family you have! Bill will be missed! But what a wonderful life he had!!! Prayers for all of you!
Sandi & Al Maudal
Sep 18, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.
Gary & Barb Broonson
Sep 18, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. We have special memories of him and will cherish them..God Comfort and Bless you.

Hugs and Love,

Gary & Barb Bronson
Ken and Pat Komperud, Long Coulee,Holmen
Sep 18, 2019
Ken and I are sorry to read about Bill's passing. 74 plus years of marriage is truly a blessing. Didn't know he grew up just north of us and you both farmed there. Let the many good memories comfort you and your family now.

Pat and Ken
Sig and Marilyn olson
Sep 18, 2019
Our prayers are with you Helen and your family. The lord blessed you all with a wonderful man. I wish we could be there to tell you in person of our love for you. Sig
Ed Peterson
Sep 18, 2019
"Grampa" as he was known by many, was from a rare breed. I am glad that I had the pleasure of knowing the man. He was one of a kind and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. God Bless.
Mary L Gunderson
Sep 18, 2019
Randy and I send our thoughts and prayers to you during this sad time. Cherish your memories. God Bless you.