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Marlon Halbakken

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Sept. 27, 1955-Oct. 17, 2008

Former Detroit Lakes resident Marlon L. Halbakken, 53, of Lewiston, Minn., passed away Friday, October 17, 2008 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 53.

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Marlon was born to Lucille Alice Cole Halbakken and Marvin Elmer Halbakken, Sr., on

Sept. 27, 1955 in Winona, Minn. He was raised in a farming community with six brothers -- Marvin, Gilman, James, Mark, Mitchael and Daniel. He graduated from Lewiston Altura High School in 1974. In his senior year, with the help of a class friend, Clare Craven (son of Clarence and Mae Craven), he professed to serve God.

In the fall of 1975, Marlon started in the ministry in Minnesota. He traveled extensively in the Detroit Lakes area, and lived for long periods of time with local church members. He then continued his work in the Colorado and Utah areas. For the last two years of his calling, he worked in the Maryland and Virginia areas.

Marlon has touched countless souls and affected many, many lives in the profession and teachings of his faith and service to God. In his passing, Marlon has extended peace and comfort to his family and friends, through their knowing he is at peace with his God.

Through his 33 years of ministry, Marlon has gained boundless spiritual friends as his extended family.

Marlon is survived by his brothers, Marvin (Laura), Gilman (Judy), James (Deborah), Mark (Stephanie), Mitchael (Kari) and Daniel Halbakken. His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lewiston-Altura High School in Lewiston. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the High School. Burial will follow the services in Lewiston Public Cemetery.

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