Leonard Halverson, 85, of Mabel

Leonard Halverson

Leonard Carlton Halverson, 85, of Mabel, died at home on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

He was born on July 31, 1932, in Spring Grove, the son of Clifford and Mildred (Storlie) Halverson.

He attended the Kelly Country School and finished his education at the Mabel High School.

After graduation he stayed on the farm and helped his father with the farm work.

In 1952 he was drafted to the Army and was sent to Fort Riley, Kans. He was then stationed in Korea where he drove a dump truck hauling gravel and sand.

In 1956 he bought the family farm north of Mabel.

On Aug. 16, 1958 he married Loretta Gail Hoff.

The two of them lived on the farm for 43 years and raised their four children. They retired to Mabel in 2001. During retirement he worked for the local farm co-op and continued to help his son on the farm.

He also served on the Preble Township board from 1986 to 2001. He was an active member of the Scheie Lutheran Church where he spent 18 years on the cemetery board. He was a avid reader, enjoyed traveling, restoring older tractors and spending time with his family and friends, especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He also enjoyed talking about family and local history.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta of Mabel; four children, Lynne Groves (Scott) Reichmann of Rochester, Neil (Lois) Halverson of Mabel, Sharon (Perry) Letizio of Prior Lake and Lori Stahnke (Scott Parfitt) of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Sean (Kazanna) Groves, Bryan Groves, Laura (Joe) Gudgeon, Ryan Halverson, Marissa and Corey Letizio and Nicholas and Ashlyn Stahnke; one great-grandchild, Zachary Gudgeon; two siblings, Keith (Joanne) Halverson of Spring Grove and Lorraine (Darryl) Rud of Dorchester, Iowa; several nieces and nephews and in-laws.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one infant child, Leslie and son-in-law, Jeff Groves. 

A funeral service for him will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel. Burial will be the Scheie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the service at the church.