Carl Leonard Halverson, the son of John and Inga (Twedt) Halverson was born on October 10, 1931 in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He graduated with the “Class of 1950” from Eagle Grove High School. Carl served with the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict.
In 1956, Carl was united in marriage to Carmen Dee Sorensen at the United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield. They were married for 64 years.
Carl was an active lifelong member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove. He served as the Director of Public Works for Eagle Grove and on the City Council.
Carl believed strongly in contributing to his community. His service to others was recognized by local, state, and national awards, including the Allbaugh award in his hometown Eagle Grove, and the Governor’s Volunteer Award in Iowa. Among his favorite ways to serve was being a teacher in Hunter Safety courses and Boy Scouts.
He loved robust adventures. He built western wagons that went on hunting trips and local parades. He kept horses and mules and cried when they died. His exploits included the Montana Cattle Drive, big game hunting, and trips to Norway and Normandy. He was a Korean Conflict veteran and proud of his Navy service. As a long time, commander of the American Legion, he led honor guards at military funeral salutes and Memorial Day Events. As a student of the Civil War, WWII, and Lewis and Clark, he spoke to many groups and always had all the proper attire, equipment, horse and saddles.
He cherished his family and friends, and never found a conversation he couldn’t get involved in. He was devoted to his wife Dee, his sons Mark and Steve, and enjoyed all of his family and their families. He was asked once for his best advice in a sentence, and he said “Hang in there.” Carl loved telling stories, laughing, and creating his own phrases. He enjoyed good meals, but especially with ice cream, cake, and pie. He was a member of America’s Greatest Generation.
Carl passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge at the age of 89 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Hilda and Olga; brothers, Joe and Roger; sisters-in-law, Jo Ann Halverson, Arlis Sorensen, Karen Evans and Vicki Reyna and brothers-in-law, Bud Sorensen, Don Sorensen, Kent Sorensen and Rich Reyna.
Survivors include his wife, Dee; sons, Mark (Renee) and Steve (Cheryl); grandchildren, Daniel (Kelsey) and Hillary Nolan (Bradley); four great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Olson (Vince); brother, Don Halverson (Doryce); sisters-in-law, Addie Halverson and Holly Upchurch and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday from 3- 5 p.m. at Foust Funeral Home. Funeral services will held on Monday, 10:30 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with Military Honors
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