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Raymond Halvorson

Aug. 12, 1928-Dec. 25, 2009

Raymond H. Halvorson, 81, of Fergus Falls, died Friday, December 25, 2009 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls.

A graveside service for Raymond is set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 21 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes. A luncheon will be served at the VFW in Fergus Falls at 12:30 p.m., Friday, following the interment.

Raymond was born to Ernest and Leona (Henning) Halvorson on August 12, 1928 in McHenry, N.D. He grew up in Glenfield, N.D, graduating from Glenfield High School in 1946. After high school, Raymond enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed overseas in Italy. Raymond proudly served his country and was honorably discharged on March 26, 1948.

On July 2, 1949, Ray was united in marriage to Betty Lou Posey in Fargo. They resided in Fargo until Ray received a job with Northwestern Bell. While working for Northwestern Bell, Ray and Betty lived in several communities. In 1967, Ray was promoted to superintendent of operations and they relocated to Fergus Falls.

Ray retired in 1983 and they moved to their home on Silver Lake, near Battle Lake during the summers, and wintered in Arizona. In 1993, Ray and Betty moved to Detroit Lakes. Betty passed away October 9, 2000.

Throughout his life, Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and going on annual casino trips to Laughlin, Nev. Ray had a passion for history, especially World War I memorabilia, and he also collected coins whenever possible.

Surviving Ray are his children, Raeleen Lohse of Fergus Falls, Roberta (Brad) Johnson of Globe, Ariz., and Rick Halvorson of Detroit Lakes; his four grandchildren, Kristi Lohse of Woodridge, Ill., Kori (Jesse) Eastman of Prior Lake, Minn., Amy Johnson and Scott Johnson, both of Globe; along with eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by one stepbrother, Ted (Linda) Johnson of Glenfield, N.D.

Preceding Ray in death were his parents and wife Betty (2000).

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Raymond may be shared online at