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Obituary: Halverson, Richard T.

Age 88

HALVERSON, Richard T. (Age 88) Dick passed away December 28, 2012 at home with his family at his side. He was born December 19, 1924 in Minot, North Dakota to Theodore and Hannah Halverson. The family, including sister Lauretta, moved to Spokane in 1925. He graduated from West Valley High School in June 1943 where he met his wife Mary Cecilia. He married his sweetheart and love of his life during WWII while he was in the Army Air Corps. Dick served in the European Theatre as a tail gunner on B-26 bombers with the 9th Air Force, 386th Bomb Group during WWII. He was awarded various medals including the air medal with three Oak Leaf clusters. He was discharged in 1946 after achieving the rank of sergeant. Dick worked for Standard Oil Company from 1946 to 1983. He began his career in the service stations. He drove tankers for 20 years, proudly achieving over 2 million miles without an accident. He then accepted the position of Marketing and Transportation Supervisor for Eastern Washington and Idaho until retirement. Dick was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was very much loved by his wife Cecilia of 69 years, and his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed and played a great part in raising his family. He was known for his kindness, integrity and love of life. He enjoyed playing baseball, flying, bowling, and building the lake cabin. He also enjoyed spending time in his basement woodshop building all types of projects with Rick and the grandkids. Dick was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife Mary Cecilia; daughter Carol (Dave) Blomgren; son Rick (Dana) Halverson; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. For now he leaves behind a family who will miss him and love him “forever and a day.” A memorial service will be held at a later date.