John Olaus Halvorson, age 84, of Alexandria, MN died December 24, 2018 at Comforts of Home in Hudson, WI. John was born February 18, 1934 in Brooten, MN to Wallace and Ethel (Larson) Halvorson. He was raised in rural Brooten and Iowa and graduated from Brooten High School in 1952. John married Dorothy Robbins on May 24th, 1956, and raised a family in Belgrade, Benson, Norwood, Plainview, and Alexandria MN. He was a long time employee of United Telephone Company (later Sprint). After Dorothy’s death, John married Mary (Watson) Chapek on June 27th, 2004 and split his time between Alexandria and Yuma AZ. He was a member of the Masons of Minnesota, Constellation Lodge #81, and the Alexandria Shriners Club and Calliope and 4-Wheelers. John is preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Ethel, his first wife, Dorothy, daughter Leslie, brother David, sister Charlene, and second wife, Mary. John was proud of his Norwegian heritage and loved Scandinavian treats, especially lefse and his mom’s homemade donuts. A natural athlete, he excelled in high school sports and was a star baseball player in the Corn Belt League of West Central Minnesota. He once hit a hole-in-one playing golf. He loved his family, driving Buicks, baseball, watching John Wayne movies, and listening to the music of Johnny Cash and Buck Owens. He was a member of Alexandria United Methodist Church. He is survived by daughters Kathy (Jim) Golden, Susan (Pete) Jarosak, and Dee Ann (Doyle) Fetterer. Grandchildren, Berit (Ferran), David Zachary, William, Benjamin, Lukas, Bryan, and Myles. Four brothers, Peter, Paul, Robert, and William, and two sisters Kay and Audrey. Also survived by the three sons of his wife Mary — Greg, Matthew, and David Chapek and their families. A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Memorials in John’s name can be made to the Lakes Area Humane Society, 3811 Nevada St. SW, Alexandria, MN. 56308. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services.