Born 6-10-1940 -- Died 1-16-2005
John Halvorson was born in Austin, Minn. June 10, 1940, and died in his home Jan. 16, 2005. 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 team and played football. After graduating, he completed the two-year Ray Vogue Graphic Arts. 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.
His personal life was enriched by marrying 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, doing house renovations 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 water colors. He 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 as a volunteer, transporter and a hotline operator. He also volunteered for Village Players and Cherokee Village Business Association.
He will long be remembered for his sense of humor, his artistic talent, 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; wife; three children; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Margaret Seibold Halvorson and Oscar Julius Halvorson.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 30, 2005, at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Heath Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Ozark Family Development Center, Highland.