John Halvorson, 64, of Cherokee Village died Jan. 16, 2005, at his home.
He was born June 10, 1940, in Austin, Minn. He was raised on a farm in Albert Lea, Minn., and sang in the Lutheran Church children's choir and attended a one-room rural school.
His family moved to Oak Park, Ill., when he was 11 and he graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School where he was a member of the track and football teams.
After graduating, he completed the two-year Ray Vogue Graphic Arts program. His teen and young adult years were busy helping his father in his roofing and stucco construction business in conjunction with the Austin Brothers.
His first commercial art job was in Milwaukee for a Chicago firm. His second job, and the one he held until his retirement, was at B.A.M. Studios in Chicago where he was a commercial artist and art director. One of his better-known clients was Encyclopedia Britannica.
Halvorson married Carol Ann Wendelken of Wheaton, Ill., April 30, 1964. They had three children -- Lisa (David Wilcoxen) of Chicago, Lori (Martin Bislin) of Raafz, Switzerland, and Lynne of Portland, Ore. His passions included fishing, gardening, renovating homes and cheering on the Vikings football team.
He and Carol moved to Cherokee Village in 1996. He was able to do freelance art work and participated in both the Strawberry River and Spring River Art Associations. He was an award-winning artist specializing in watercolors.
Halvorson was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church. He supported the endeavors of his wife, Carol, initiating and developing the Ozark Family Development Center program. He was a volunteer, transporter and a hotline operator for OFDC. He also volunteered for Village Players and Cherokee Village Business Association.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his artistic talent, and his self-taught knowledge of geography, history and political events. He was a creative person in all aspects of life. He will be remembered by his neighbors as the guy with the dog at his side, either at the wheel of his green van, or alongside his scooter chair. His kind and giving personality will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his two sisters; his wife; three children; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents -- Dorothy Margaret Seibold Halvorson and Oscar Julius Halvorson.
The funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heath Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Ozark Family Development Center in Highland.