Orvin T. 'Rusty' Halvorson


Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Longtime Alaska resident Orvin T. "Rusty" Halvorson died Monday, June 30, 2003, at Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. He was 92.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cooper Landing Baptist Church. Pastor Michael Weber will officiate.

Mr. Halvorson was born in Houston, Minn., on Sept. 25, 1910. He operated the Clover Farm store in Houston until moving to Anchorage in 1941.

On arrival in Anchorage, he worked in the grocery business and as a cabinetmaker. Later he went to work for J. B. Warrack Company and was foreman of the construction crew, which built the second Robert E. Atwood house. During World War II, Rusty served with the U.S. Army Quarter Master Corp. in Alaska and received an honorable discharge.

In 1952, he bought property on Kenai Lake and built his retirement home, and in 1953 he subdivided the remaining property. Rusty retired in 1975 and moved to Cooper Landing with his wife, Viola, permanently. He was a longtime member of the Carpenters Union and a charter member of the Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Inc. In later years he became a fierce pinochle player and faithful member of the Friday night pinochle club. He often was found chauffeuring some of the Cooper Landing ladies to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center for pinochle.

Mr. Halvorson was preceded in death by his wife, Viola, and sisters, Tena Halvorson-Rozell and Hilda Anderson.

He is survived by his niece, Sharon Anderson Gilfoyle of Wasilla; nephew, Russell Anderson of Hixson, Tenn.; and special friend, Vermeil Groeschner of LaCross, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the organization of your choice.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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