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Sidney, MT —Joseph "Joe" Halvorsen, 94
Dateline: Sidney, Montana
Funeral services for Joseph "Joe" Halvorsen, 94 of Sidney, MT, will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Pella Lutheran Church in Sidney with Pastor Charlane Lines officiating. Interment of cremains will be in Sidney Cemetery. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Joseph Marshall Halvorsen was the youngest of seven children born to Hans J Halvorsen, a Norwegian immigrant, and Anna Margrethe Walla Halvorsen. He grew up on Deer Creek near Glendive. His father, a lawyer by education, raised sheep and his mother taught school. Joe attended grade school at the rural schools where his mother worked, and graduated high school in Sidney, Montana.
Before World War II, having attended Montana School of Mines in Butte, Joe went to Hawaii to work for Morrison-Knutsen on their Red Hill Project on Oahu, building underground storage facilities for the Navy. Joe was living on Oahu when Pearl Harbor was bombed, but after working 7 days per week for 22 months, Joe requested to be terminated so he could return to the mainland to enlist in the service. In Butte, Montana, he joined the Army Air Force on March 15, 1943. He reached the rank of corporal while serving in the Philippines and New Guinea and after the Japanese surrender, in Japan. He received his honorable discharge on September 15, 1946.
Joe married Hazel Enkerud in 1950. On their honeymoon, Joe and Hazel traveled to New Orleans, then by banana boat to Cuba and Guatemala, before returning to make their home in Sidney, Montana. Joe and Hazel had no children of their own, but they played a huge role in the lives of their nieces and nephews. In Sidney, Joe partnered with his sister Betty in Northern Building and Loan, and with his brother Bud at Pioneer Loan and Realty, although his greatest business interest continued to be in oil and mineral investments.
Joe was passionate about golfing. He was Club Champion at the Sidney Country Club, and often a Tournament champion. Joe loved golfing enough that he donated a bridge at the 13th hole to improve the course and the enjoyment of the club by all members. If Joe wasn't golfing, he'd be fishing in Montana, North Dakota, Washington, Mexico, Belize or Costa Rica. Joe and Hazel had beautiful flower garden and vegetable gardens.
Joe passed away November 6, 2013 at Sidney Health Center in Sidney, MT.
In honor of Joe, his family suggests donations to the Community Health Care Foundation or VFW Post #4099 of Sidney, MT.
Joe is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Sever and Esther Enkerud; nephews and nieces, Kenneth (Sally) Eyer, Janet Wheless, John (Betty) Halvorsen, Andrew (Jeannie) Knoski, Georgia (Paul) Dunning, Dan Thomson, Nancy (Bob) Nealy, Jeannie (Michael) Cutburth, Karen Kostner, Margaret (Larry) Hatcher, Ruth (Kim) Reineking, Beth (Geoff) Eacker, Kim (John) Lacey, Ava (Randy) Sunnarborg, Paula Enkerud and Tena (Bruce) Ketchum; and many great nieces and nephews.
Joe Halvorsen was preceded in death by his wife Hazel; parents, Hans and Anna Halvorsen; and siblings Betty Eyer, Esther Cable, John Halvorsen, Eleanor Thomson, Nels Halvorsen and Bud Halvorsen.
Friendships with Joe lasted a lifetime. Those whose lifetimes ended before his will be happy for his company again. In his beautiful clear tenor voice, he'll sing "Hear we are together, a right good jolly crowd. Smile at one another! Everybody sing out loud!" Those of us left behind will miss him dearly.
Aloha, Uncle Joe!
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 20, 2013