Kenneth O. Halverson, 84, Lansing, passed away Monday, October 19, 2009.
Kenneth Oren Halverson was born October 13, 1925 in Lamberton, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and Bertha (Blank) Halverson. Kenneth left this world peacefully on October 19, 2009.
He attended country school near Lamberton, prior to joining the Army in 1944. He served as a Paratrooper in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Camp Crowder, Camp Atterbury, Fort Bragg, Fort Sheridan, and finally as Mess Sergeant at Fort Leavenworth where he retired after 20 years of service in 1966. His decorations include AOM, ACM, EAME Campaign Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, Occupational Medal, ARCOM (1st OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1st OLC), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Parachute Badge, Sharpshooter (Carbine), and Marksman (Rifle M-1 and 30 Cal Rifle).
While stationed in Japan on his second tour he married Nana Satusko Sato.
In his second career he worked at the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth as an Assistant Food Administrator. Upon retirement from civil service he worked as a security guard at Select Products for many years.
Kenneth enjoyed competitive bowling and dancing in his younger years. As he grew older, he enjoyed fishing, auctions, traveling, and his Dutch-belted cattle. Gifted with fixing things he especially enjoyed fixing old record players.
At age 76 he did a tandem parachute jump with his grandson Ken.
He enjoyed his family
reunions in Minnesota,
sitting with his brothers
while they played music from their childhood on the accordion and guitar and his sisters danced. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family and spending time on his farm.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Nana at the home and daughters, June (Chris) Foley of Lansing and Kathy (Greg) Clark of Georgetown, Texas. Ken has four Grandchildren, Ken Foley of Boulder, Colorado; Jenni (Justin) Smith of Thornton, Colorado; Alex Clark and Kirstie Clark of Georgetown, Texas and a Great Grandson - Noah Smith of Thornton, Colorado. Ken is survived by his brother Lavern (Vernette) Halverson of Springfield, Minnesota; his sisters Arlene (Winn) Templeton of Two Harbors, Michigan; Marion (Jim) Jenson of Sanborn, Minnesota; and Lucille Burt of Arkansas; and his sisters-in-law Delores Halverson of Washington; Dee Halverson and Nettie Halverson, both of Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Gordon, Dale, Dwayne, and Lowell; and brothers-in-law Les Detlefsen and Wayne Burt.
Kenneth will be greatly missed by his family.
Special thanks to Dr. Madsen and staff of Associates in Family Care and the Leavenworth Veteran's Hospital-Community Living Center (CLC) for their compassionate care in the last stage of his journey on earth.
Visitation will be held from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Davis Funeral Chapel. Graveside service with full Military Honors will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.