Donald Ulrich Halverson

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Donald Ulrich Halverson, age 99, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at his home in Hughesville, Maryland. He was born in Lewistown, Montana on Nov. 16, 1918 and grew up in Winifred. Upon graduation for Winifred High School in 1937, he joined the CCC and worked on conservation projects in the state of Washington. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the Army and served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.

When the war ended, he attended the University of Washington. There he met Irene Kohn from Miles City, Montana. They were married on Dec. 29, 1951.

He was recalled during the Korean War for stateside duty in Bethesda, Maryland, and then discharged from the Army with the rank of Captain. Following that, he returned to the University of Washington and earned his degree in geology.

Don was employed by Texaco as a petroleum engineer, working in various locations in Montana, Colorado and New Mexico.

Don and Irene were blessed with two children, Marc in 1957 and Tracy in 1959. Both were born in Lewistown.

Don was an avid fisherman and loved returning to Lewistown to fish on Spring Creek. Upon retirement, he and Irene spent 17 years wintering in Tucson at a mobile home community. He enjoyed coming to the All School Reunion in Winifred and noticed at the last one, he was seated at the head table as the oldest graduate there.

After losing his wife, Irene, and son, Marc, in 2006, Don moved with his daughter, Tracy and her husband Russ Burdick, along with granddaughter Krista, to Hughesville, Maryland. Their home on three acres was a new adventure for Don. He kept active with his vegetable garden and took care of the goats, ducks and barn cat. In addition he helped with Tracy’s show dogs.

Don is survived by his daughter, Tracy Burdick and her husband Russ of Hughesville, Md.; granddaughter Krista Burdick, nephew Glenn Halverson of Spokane, Wash.; niece, Cheryll Tuss of Lewistown; and other loving relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Minnie Halverson; his wife, Irene; his brother Glenn; and his son Marc.

Funeral services were held on May 25, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Interment with military honors were at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

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