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Dr. Ralph A. Halvorsen, 87 of Everett passed away July 23, 2013. He was born February 5, 1926 in Everett, Washington to Joseph and Isabel.
Dr. Ralph A. Halvorsen O.D
Ralph graduated from Everett High and then enlisted into the Army/Air Force on January 31, 1944 where he trained as a tail gunner for the B-24 and B-29 Bomber. After the war he attended the University of Washington for his pre-med. During this time he went on a blind date with the love of his life Marie Hottendorf. They married on September 17, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, while he attended the Southern College of Optometry. After graduation they returned to open his optometry practice in South Everett where he practiced for the next 40 years until his retirement in 1992. In 2007 he moved into Southpoint Assisted Living where he made many new friends.
He was a member of the Washington State Optometric Association and a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway.
He loved to read westerns, play pinochle and talk politics. He also loved to watch the Huskies, Seahawks and Mariners.
Ralph is survived by sons, Steve (wife, Kathryn), Ron (wife, Linnea) and Charles; daughter, Kimberly; grandchildren, Justin, Briawnna, Ryan, Amy and Jennifer and five great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie; his sister, Aileen; and brothers, Howard, Earl and Richard.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Solie Funeral Home (3301 Colby Ave, Everett, Washington 98201) with reception to follow in the fireside room.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013