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Roy Stanley Halverson, 89

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Roy Stanley Halverson, 89, of Gonvick, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at his home.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at United Lutheran Cemetery in rural Berner, followed by a time of fellowship at the Gonvick Community Center.

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Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born Feb. 9, 1920, to Oscar and Hilma (Petterson) Halverson. near Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended school in Winnipeg. His first jobs were working with his father at an outdoor commercial skating rink and as a young adult making folding tables for the Canadian Army camps during World War II. He went to work in a factory that made airplane propellers for the Canadian Air Force. He moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1948, where he worked for years in the printing industry. It was there he met the love of his life, Winifred Hamilton. They were married Oct. 17, 1953, in Detroit. The lived in Detroit, Ohio and Florida, before moving to Minnesota in 1973. They lived in Berner and rural Gully until her death in 1992. He then moved to Gonvick. Since 1973, he had worked as a house painter. He began his career with his uncle and later worked for himself.

He was a lifelong learner and a very active person. His father was a coach for the Canadian Olympic Speedskating team in the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway, and taught him how to speedskate at an early age. He was a member of the Powderhorn Speedskating Club of Minneapolis and the newly formed Pioneer Speedskating Club of Bemidji.

He enjoyed fishing and built his own wooden boats. He loved music, playing in a band with his uncles and other relatives in Berner, and was a collector of classical music. He was an avid reader, especially of health information, and enjoyed exercising and lifting weights. He was a lifelong Bible student and has been a member of the Christadelphian Ecclesia Church in Winnipeg for the past 45 years.

He is survived by his step-son, Terry (Debbie) Robertson of Olive Hill, Ky.; a brother-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his brothers, Norman, Ralph and Orval.

Messages of condolence may be sent at ceasefuneralhome.com.

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