August 29, 1939—February 25, 2021
Paul Willis Halverson, 81, passed away on February 25, 2021. He was born on August 29, 1939, in Regent, North Dakota, to Herbert Ernest Halverson and Ragna Marie (Lien) Halverson. Paul grew up in Regent, North Dakota. He attended school in Devils Lake, North Dakota at the North Dakota School for the Deaf (NDSD). He graduated in 1959. Paul was recognized and received Athlete Hall of Fame in 1985 at the NDSD for his athletic abilities in football, basketball and track.
Paul married Gaye Nelle Halverson on November 23, 1962 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Together they moved to Hettinger, North Dakota, where they had their first daughter (Peggy). Six months later they moved to Algona, Iowa where they welcomed their son (John) and daughter (Janet). They resided in Algona from 1965-2011. Paul worked at Algona Publishing Co as a Linotypist for 44 years until retirement. Paul was an active member for a variety of Deaf Clubs in Iowa, National Deaf Campers and the Iowa Association of the Deaf. Paul had several interests including reading his bible, spending time with his family, gardening, and playing games. Paul and Nelle were happily married for 53 years until Nelle's untimely death on March 22, 2016.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Nelle, parents Herbert and Ragna Halverson and brother-in-law Douglas Noteboom.
Paul is survived by his three children, daughter Peggy (Daryl) Chicoine of Ankeny, Iowa, son John (Susan) Halverson of Edmond, OK and daughter Janet (Jim) Berte of Bode, Iowa; sister Francis Noteboom, Sioux Falls, SD and brother Dorrance (Lydia) Halverson, Evanston, IL.; Grandchildren Cara (Brent) Wells, Rose (Brian) Hartung, Dana (Scott) Gemmill and Beth (Michael) Kraft, Richelle (Chris) Thedford, Alex and Austin Halverson, Adam (Angela) Halverson, Samuel Halverson and Leah Berte; Great Grandchildren, Landon, Tate, Ryder, Kaleah and Knox Halverson, Demi, Edmund and Gavin Wells, Pearl, Daniel and Maria Hartung, Russell and Colette Gemmill, Gabriel Thedford, and two additional on the way.
A private family service will be held at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona with burial in Riverview Cemetery in Algona. Cards and memorials in Paul's memory may be sent to his daughter, Janet Berte, 501 Hubmoldt Avenue, Bode, IA 50519.
Thanks to John Matthews and Kendall Steele for the notification.