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Norman Goodwin "Tubby" Halverson

February 11, 1927 - August 22, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Norman Goodwin "Tubby" Halverson

Norman Goodwin "Tubby" Halverson

Born: February 11, 1927
Died: August 22, 2020
Age: 93

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     Norman Goodwin Halverson, the son of Bennie Amal and Rena (Hansen) Halverson was born on February 11, 1927 in Linn Grove, IA. He received his early education  and was raised in the area. Following his education, he worked on the family farm before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He entered into the military on April 26, 1944. He served during WWII on the USS Heermann. The ship entered service  in 1943 and took part in several battles during WWII in the Pacific theatre of operations, including the Philippines campaign, Battle off Samar and the Battle of Iwo Jima among others. Heermann gained fame during the “last stand of the Tin Can Sailors” in which several other destroyers of Task Unit 77.4.3 (“Taffy 3”) engaged a far superior Japanese task force during the Battle off Samar in October 1944. Norman also received the World War II Victory Medal. After serving two tours of duty,  Norman was honorably discharged on June 20, 1946.

     On June 11, 1950, Norman married Charlotte Van Houten at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Sioux Rapids area for many years. Norman was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the American Legion. He also enjoyed singing around the Sioux Rapids area in the Barbershop Quartet and with his brothers Junior, Bendix and Honroe. Norman also liked to renovate houses over the years and in 1997, he sold his farm and his machinery and moved into town and did it fulltime. He and Charlotte also had a trailer at the lakes and enjoyed spending many summers up there boating with their family. Norman also enjoyed traveling, especially to Norway.

     Norman married Jean Tielbur later in life and they lived in Spencer. He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church. He and Jean spent many winters in Mission, Texas enjoying the social life and warm weather.

He passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his parents; both of his wives; his brothers: Don, Honroe, Virgil, Bendix, Junior and Emmett; his two sisters: Nellie Sunblad and Helen Andersen.

     Left to cherish his memory are his sons: Kent (Glennis) Halverson of Alta, IA and Brian (Denise) Halverson of Sioux Rapids, IA; his grandchildren: Mindy Riley, Tara (Matt) Meyer, Jennifer (Jeremy) Sumpter, Janell (Eric) Karsten and Garrett (Melissa) Halverson; his great grandchildren: Ryan, Peyton, Hailey, Devin, Ashlyn, Brinley, Landon, Carson, Ava and Silas; his step children: Cheri Woolery and her family and Monty Dammann and his family; other relatives and friends.

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Private Family Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 29, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer. The service will be livestreamed and will be able to be seen on our facebook page. The service will also be uploaded to our website  after the conclusion of the service.

Cards may be directed to:
Kent Halverson
401 Peterson St.
Alta, IA 51002
Pastor John Syvertson
Garrett Halverson
Mindy Riley
Jeremy Sumpter
Eric Karsten
Matt Meyer
Ryan Meyer

Honorary Bearers
All of His Great Grandchildren

Roger Tripp
Matt Miller
Bill Ingwersen
Richard Struve
Marc Bertness
Public Visitation will be open after 5:00 P.M., Friday evening at the funeral home.
Organist - Ray Meyer

"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"

"The Old Rugged Cross"
By Dennis Larson
Lone Tree Cemetery - Sioux Rapids, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted by the Ameican Legion Graeber- Rowe Post #394 of Sioux Rapids


Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 4:55 PM
“Sympathy to the family! Norm and Virgil were always so pleasant when they came to Nelsons Vet Supply! Saw him often at the Main St Cafe! Sympathy Brian”
- Steve Frank
Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 12:37 PM
“Norman was one of the kindest, most honest and respectful person I ever had the pleasure of knowing. God bless you on your journey, Norman.....Heaven is in for a treat!!!!!
- Bonnie Mealman
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“My uncle, Tubby, was one of the finest and most loving men I have known. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. ”
- Joan Horton (Jon)
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Norman. He was a hard working man and enjoyed life. He was a social butterfly and will be missed. Sorry for your loss. ”
- Cari Seversen
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“Sorry family for your loss,I always liked visiting with Tubby.”
- Andy Meyer
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 4:44 PM
“Tubby will never be forgotten. He was a hard working man that mentored many of the younger generations. It was not easy keeping up with 100 mile per hour Tubby. A man that truly enjoyed life and conversation. Deepest sympathy and best wishes to the Halverson family. ”
- Justin Ball
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 9:10 AM
“To my brother in law sister and family. So sorry to hear about Norman. He was a very nice man who always had a smile. We often talked about family. I have alot of good memories especially working with him and his son Brian on the farm. Norman will definitely be missed he was has good has man could be to other people. God be with my brother in law sister and their family. Also his brother Brian and his family. Person like Norman i thank everday day for my freedom. That's why we live in a great country. God bless Norman's family threw this difficult time. Amen”
- Jerry menke
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“We are so fortunate to have known Norman. He was a great man who never knew a stranger and also never forgot you. Our sympathies to the entire family. Sending our love!”
- Rick and Denise Menke
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“Uncle Tub was the light of our lives. He always brought pure enjoyment when it was most needed!! (I can see that dust boiling on the gravel) "PEEL - OUT" His famous Norwegian Shout! Love 4 ever!! Boyd and Norma.”
- Boyd and Norma Halverson
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 1:12 PM
“Our sympathy to the family on the death of Norman. He was a lifelong friend of our family. In February of 1949 he and Charlotte were attending a teacher get together at the Rembrandt School where my mother Gladys and Charlotte taught school. Norman and Charlotte brought my dad Charlie along and that's where my dad met my mom. They got married ten months later. Norman usually stopped here in Kansas to visit us on the way to Texas and back to Iowa. Even after my dad died twenty years ago, he still kept coming. We felt he was part of our family. Will miss him greatly. Love to the family! Dean Anderson and Gladys Anderson”
- Dean Anderson
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“My deepest sympathies to all of you!
He was a good man with a big heart !
- Rhonda Olson
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“My sincere sympathies to Kent, Brian and all the family at the passing of Tubby. He was a great guy and real asset to our community. ”
- Doug Garringer
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 3:51 PM
“Just learned of Norman's death. Our sympathy goes out to Kent and Brian and the entire family. Charlie Anderson was lifetime friends with Norman. Norman would always stop for visits here in Lindsborg, Kansas on his way to Texas or on the way home to Iowa. he kept up the friendship bond all those years. Can't ask for more. What a great man and the wonderful stories he told. Lots of love to the family. We'll never forget. Dean Anderson(Charlie's boy) and Gladys Anderson(Charlie's widow) We will miss you Norman.
- Dean Anderson and Gladys Anderson
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“What a wonderful man! I was so glad to see him at the last few reunions. One in Minnesota and a couple that I went to in Spencer with my mom, Doris (Hanson) Samuelson. And a veteran who was so anxious to fight for America, he had his folks sign for him so he could get in the service, because he was under the enlistment age. Loved his smile.”
- Kathy and Doris Samuelson
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“kent and family brian and family i am so sorry for your loss prayers to all ”
- vicki jensen
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:03 PM
“Goodbye to a fine man from a large hard working, community loving family, a Christian in word and deed. Norman left this world better than he found it. Into God's hands for his soul and may some of Norman's spirit be in our hearts. ”
- Erik and Mariellen Mosbo
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 5:03 PM
“Oh that the world had more Tubbys. He was a mentor to me and I will always be thankful for the example he was. God bless his spirit and may he have a wonderful reunion with Charlotte, Jean and all his relatives and friends. ”
- Lee Halverson
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 10:16 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Tub passing. He was truly a force to be reckoned. I always remember his laughter, how caring he was, and especially him singing in church, funerals, or harvest dinners with the brothers - there are just some songs I can only hear them singing to this day in my mind. Many memories of seeing the dust boiling behind his truck as he came down the road, of riding beans with him just as fast in the fields, and telling Grandpa Bendix to hurry up. He will be greatly missed. ”
- Missy (Halverson) Hungerford
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“He will be miss at rvt in spencer iowa im so sad he was nice guy
- Alex miller
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“I was so sad to hear the passing of Norman....ill.miss seeing home every day”
- cher lindahl
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“I will forever cherish the visits we shared. I will miss watching you play with Silas and will never forget how you always offered a snack for the ride home. You lived life on your own terms and did what you loved, that's something to be proud of. We will miss your calls, hugs and visits. We will miss your stories and your smiles.”
- Melissa Halverson
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad ”
- Bob and Carla Larson
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 2:09 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all! Norman was a amazing Uncle. Remembering all the family activities from holidays to family reunions and everything in between. Going to miss him and his smile.”
- Kristi (Zimmer) Peck
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