Merland Richard Halvorson, 83, of Stewartville, died on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, of natural causes at Mayo Clinic-Rochester - Saint Marys Campus.

He was born Nov. 28, 1930, in Venice, Calif., to Merland and Winnifred (Johnson) Halvorson.

He moved with his family as a young boy to rural Mabel-Canton and attended country school.

His father was called to service in the U.S. Army during World War II and young Merland helped his mother with his younger siblings.

He enlisted into the U.S. Marines in 1952 serving overseas during the Korean conflict. Following his discharge in 1954, he returned to Mabel-Canton where he was employed as an electrical lineman.

He was married on Nov. 17, 1956, in Ada, Minn., to Cecilia A. Riepe.

Following their marriage the couple lived in Harmony, where Dick was employed with the city in their electric utility. After moving to Spring Grove and then Chatfield, the Halvorsons moved to Stewartville in 1966, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home.

He was employed with Interstate Power Company for 29 years, most as an area supervisor at their Stewartville location, until his retirement in 1992.

His wife was a homemaker and a daycare provider from her home. She also helped manage the Halvorson Concessions, "The Stand" on Main Street with him and their children, which operated for 14 years.

He was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church and American Legion Post 164 where he served for a number of years as its commander. He served on the Stewartville City Council, was a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years with the Stewartville Fire Department, belonged to the Eagles Club in Rochester and was a past member of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce and Lions.

He was a Boy Scout leader, enjoyed umpiring youth sports and going to the elementary school to talk to classes about electricity and safety. Every summer he enjoyed fishing and camping in Ely, Minn., with his family. He liked taking road trips with his family, playing cards and following the Vikings and Twins. Following his retirement, he and his wife traveled throughout the United States and spent several winters in Mesa, Ariz. He enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Cecilia; three daughters, Cheryl (Charles) Paulson of Stewartville, Karen (Greg) Lange of Spring Valley and Kathy (Matt) Voigt of Stewartville; six sons, Ronald of Brainerd, James (Joanne) of Virginia Beach, Va., Jerry (Melissa) of Kasson, Gary (Chong) of Indianapolis, Ind., Brian (Karen) Halvorson of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Alan (Kathy) of Keller, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ken (Lois) Halvorson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and six sisters, Bonnie (Mike) Richardson of Edina, Lois (Stanley) Swenson of Rochester, Patricia Doose of Chanhassen, Judy (Larry) Smith of Warrensburg, Mo., Marge (Al) Fossey of Decorah, Iowa and Jean (Lorry) Willie of Kenyon.

He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jean (Hanson) Halvorson.

The Mass of Christian Burial for him will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with the Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.