Lawrence E. (Barney) Halverson

Lawrence E. (Barney) Halverson passed away peacefully at Grandview Nursing and Rehab on Oct. 21, 2016. He was born on November 20, 1920, in Quarry, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Etta (Byers) Halverson. He attended the Quarry school and worked in the quarries outside of town for 25 cents a day.

In 1935, he joined the CCC’s and worked in various locations around the State of Iowa until 1938. He returned home and started working at Fisher Governor in Marshalltown. On April 5, 1942 he was united in marriage to Ruth Baumgaertel in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. They returned to Marshalltown and in June of 1942 he enlisted in the Marines.

After basic training in California, he served three years in the Pacific Theatre. After Harry Truman had the good sense to end the war with Japan he came back to Marshalltown and continued a 50+ year career at Fisher’s.

His favorite thing to do was buy an old house and rehab it. He continued doing this for many years. He loved all animals and had many much loved dogs over the years including his most recent dogs Boji and Stevie.

Barney is survived by his daughters: Kathleen Butihofer, of rural Delhi, and Ann, of Bozeman, Montana; his two grandchildren: Jeffrey (Annettte) Butihofer, Fayette, and Lindsay (Mike) McDermott and very special great grandson Maddox, all of Swisher; his sisters: Mary Lou MullMead and Betty Jean (Joe) Overstake, all of Le Grand; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003; his parents; his son-in-law Merlin Butihofer in 2015; sisters: Dorothy, Ida, Katherine, Goldie and Madeline; and his brothers: Edward, Paul, Roy, Elmer and Jerry.

Kathy and Ann would like to extend a huge thank-you to Mary Lou, without her help Dad would not have been able to remain at home for as long as he did. Also the staff at Grandview was amazing, he loved it there and thought of it as home.

Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Grandview or the Marshalltown Animal Rescue League.