Arthur Halvorson, age 93, of rural Lakota, ND, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at home on the family farm.
Arthur Halvorson, age 93, of rural Lakota, ND, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at home on the family farm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Lakota, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. A Vigil Service will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Lakota Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Rundell-Holicky American Legion Post 21 and U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Team. Arthur Rodney Halvorson was born Dec. 24, 1925, at home, rural Pekin, ND, to Rudolph and Nora (Donohue) Halvorson. He grew up on the farm and attended Sheyenne No. 2 Country School through 8th Grade. Arthur joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II where he crossed the equator four times. On Sept. 2, 1950, Arthur married Marie Kober at St. Patrick’s Rectory, Billings, MT. Art and Marie lived for a time in Billings. In 1953, they moved back to ND to pursue what Art loved to do most, which was farming. They rented the Anna Groves farm for two years and then bought the Henry Bagne farm in Oct. 1955. In a sense, Art never stopped farming. Even in his last days, as he peered through the window of his favorite room, he remarked that there was a crop growing on the home quarter. Arthur served for many years on the Illinois Township Board. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Rundell-Holicky American Legion Post 21 for 51 years. Arthur enjoyed reading, astronomy, bird watching, indoor gardening, travel, golf, swimming, dancing, lazing in the Arizona sun, and mostly spending time with his family. He often said, “I couldn’t ask for a better life” and considered his greatest achievements marrying his wife, raising his five children, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arthur is survived by; his wife, Marie Halvorson, rural Lakota; children, Rodney (Linda) Halvorson, Laurel MT, Lawrence (Mary Anne) Halvorson, Billings, Judy Halvorson Holzman, Lakota, Cindy (Jeff) Ritteman, Lakota, and Eric (Tracy) Halvorson, Springfield, MO; grandchildren, Alyssa (Joe) Wright, Sheridan, WY, Sarah Halvorson, Naperville, IL, Andrew (Melanie) Halvorson, Chagrin Falls, OH, Mathew Halvorson, Missoula, MT, Dane Halvorson, Los Angeles, CA, Mark Halvorson, Billings, Kate (Steven) Hicks, Houston, TX, Paul (Debora) Holzman, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thomas (Ashley) Ritteman, Plymouth, MN, Jacob (Chelsea) Ritteman, Fargo, ND, Caleb Ritteman, Bismarck, ND, and Elizabeth Huggins, Springfield; great-grandchildren, Austin Wright, Gabriella Wright, Beatrice Halvorson, Stella Halvorson, Fiel Hicks, Florence Hicks, Jeremiah Hicks, Titus Ritteman, Arianna Huggins, and Kaiden Huggins; siblings, Aloyus (Arlene) Halvorson and Murill Halvorson; sisters-in-law, Liv Halvorson, Carol Halvorson, and Marie Halvorson; and many nieces and nephews. Arthur was preceded in death by; his parents; great-grandchild, Eric Richard Huggins; and siblings, LaVern (Jean) Halvorson, Dennis (Sylvia) Halvorson, Terrence Halvorson, and Daniel Halvorson. Arrangements are with Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota.