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Old Town, FL - Dorothy B. Halvorsen of Old Town, FL, died on Monday, December 24, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital in Gainesville, after a long illness. Born Dorothy Jean Bicking on December 9, 1929, in Chicago, IL, she was 83 years old.

Mrs. Halvorsen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who was active in the United Methodist Women. With her late husband, who was a Navy veteran, she co-founded the WWII Veterans and Proud of It club in the tri-county area in 1991. She continued to lead the group after he passed away in 2007. Before retiring to Old Town, she was a sales associate at Belk's in Gainesville. An avid bowler, she wrote a newspaper column of Gainesville bowling league news during the 1970s. In the 1960s, when the family lived in Coral Gables, FL, she was active in Girl Scouting.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Richard Douglas Halvorsen. She is survived by her children Susan Martindale of Tallahassee, Richard Alan Halvorsen (Kathy) of Crawfordville, FL, Charles Halvorsen of Gainesville and Cathy Reeves (Jet) of Gainesville; sisters Joan Richards of Wittmann, AZ, and Lois Kramer of Schaumburg, IL; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Family visitation and viewing will be on Friday, December 28, 2012, between the hours of 10 a.m. & noon at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, at the Old Town United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Carl Rainear officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the National Military Cemetery in Bushnell, where she will be interred next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Old Town United Methodist Church or to . Arrangements have been placed under the care of the RICK GOODING FUNERAL HOME, 16984 SE US Hwy 19, Cross City, FL, 352-498-5400.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2012