"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Gaye Nelle Halverson

February 20, 1942 - March 22, 2016

Gaye Nelle “Nelle” (Ketcham) Halverson, 74, passed away on March 22, 2016. She was born on February 20, 1942 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Grover Cleveland and Olga Mildred (Knight) Ketcham.

Nelle grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended and graduated from New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1962.

Nelle married Paul Willis 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 welcomed their son (John) and daughter (Janet). They resided in Algona from 1965-2011. Nelle worked as a Records Clerk, at Algona City Clerk Office. Nelle was an active member for a variety of Deaf Clubs in Iowa, National Deaf Campers and the Iowa Association of the Deaf. Nelle had several interests including reading her bible, spending time with her family, sewing and quilting, gardening, and playing games. Nelle and Paul were happily married for 53 years.

Nelle was preceded in death by her parents Grover and Olga, brother and sister-in-law, Max and Ella Mae Ketcham (deaf), sister and brother-in-law Bernice and Alvin Castle, brother Cleve “Pete” Ketcham, sister Opal Wells, sister and brother-in-law, Leona Thorpe-Warner, Monson “Whitey” Thorpe and Charles Warner, and brother Joe Ketcham and nephew Harley Mortensen, Jr.

Nelle is survived by her spouse, Paul of Humboldt, Iowa, daughter Peggy (Daryl) Chicoine of Ankeny, Iowa, son John (Susan) Halverson of O’Fallon, Illinois and daughter Janet (Jim) Berte of Bode, Iowa; sister-in-law Kaye Ketcham of Washington, Brother-in-law Alan Wells of New Mexico, sister Doris (Vernon) Jones of Hamilton, Montana, sister Syble (Harley) Mortensen of Arcola, Missouri, brother Jimmie (Sheila) Ketcham of Midland, Texas, sister Joan Blakely of Aliso Vijo, California and sister-in-law Bonnie Ketcham of Oregon and many nieces and nephews; grandchildren Cara (Brent) Wells, Rose (Brian) Hartung, Dana and Beth Chicoine, Richelle, Alex and Austin Halverson, Adam (Angela) Halverson, Samuel Halverson and Leah Berte; great grandchildren, Landon, Tate, Ryder and Knox Halverson, Demi and Edmund Wells, Pearl Hartung & four additional on the way.

Thanks to the family of Nelle Halverson, Cathy Hardy and a friend for the information.