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Adolph J. Halverson Jr., 81

Adolph J. Halverson Jr. "80", 81, passed away on Good Friday morning, March 21, 2008, surrounded by family at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Preceded in death by parents, Adolph Sr. "Shorty" and Evelyn; brother Gene; and his eldest son, Gary.

Survived by his loving wife, Marilyn of 60 years; children: Kurt Halverson and his wife Linda of Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras, Kim Halverson of River Falls, and Adria Al-Amami and her husband Abdel of High Ridge, Missouri; brothers: Jerry (Alma) and David Halverson; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1927, in Red Wing, Minn., and was raised during the Great Depression era in El Paso, Hager City, and Minneapolis.

He served with the Merchant Marines on riverboats in Canada and Alaska, and graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1945.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945 and served as a radio operator on a minesweeper and a troop transport in the Pacific Theatre and witnessed some of the first atomic tests on the Marshall Islands.

After World War II he returned to school at the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College.

He returned to the military and re-enlisted with the United States Air Force in 1950 and earned his pilot wings. During his 20-plus year military career he was a decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, completed his B.A. at Wichita State University and his M.A. at Concordia College, and also served as an instructor in nuclear physics and R.O.T.C. training.

In 1969, after retiring as a lieutenant colonel, he returned to the family farm, owned and managed the Lamplight Supper Club, worked for the U.S. Postal Service, completed his teacher certification at UW-River Falls, and taught for the next 20 years at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond.

His later years saw him working as a Realtor with the Ken Lee Agency and completing his life-long dream serving as a lay minister.

After retiring he enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, and was extremely active in church and community affairs including: 60 year member of the Pierce County Council American Legion, Past Commander American Legion Post 121, Past 10th District Commander American Legion Dept. of Wisconsin, Past State Commander American Legion Dept. of Wisconsin 1993-1994, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of Korean War Veteran Association, member of Vietnam Veterans of America, lifetime charter member of WWII memorial, member of the commemorative Air Force dedicated to the preservation of World War II aircraft, founding member of the American Air Museum of Britain, member of Disabled American Veterans, member of the Zor Shriners, Past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star, 50-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin #109, member of the International Association of Lions Club, member of Royal Moose Lodge #594, club founder of Last Voyageur 40/8, member Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association, member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church, lay minister of Northwest Synod of Wisconsin.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Cashman-Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services, and also one hour prior to services at church on Friday.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 28, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church.

Cashman-Hill is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information or to express an online condolence please visit