Kenneth Raymond Halvorson was born May 26, 1952, in Estherville, Iowa, to Raymond and Elvera (Thiesse) Halvorson. He was raised in Ceylon, Minnesota, was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and graduated from Ceylon High School in 1970. In May 1974, he received his Business Degree from Mankato State University and then moved to Owatonna where he began working at St. Clairs for Men. Ken married Denise Borchert in 1977 in Owatonna. They later divorced. That same year Ken began a 25 year career with Owatonna Tool Company. As salesman, Ken spent many years working with Ford Motor Company in addition to traveling the world representing OTC. In 2002, Ken left OTC and sent a year with Thexton Tool in Bloomington and a year with Retrofit in Owatonna before joining Wenger Corporation in Owatonna in 2005. On June 11, 2013, Ken married Lynda Schilke and they made their home in Northfield.
Ken’s greatest gift was his ability to set others at ease and put others’ needs before his own. When he wasn’t making people laugh, he could be found cozied up in his favorite leather chair reading his Kindle. Ken enjoyed traveling, especially spending time in Arizona.
Survivors include his wife, Lynda; 3 children: Erin Halvorson (Shelby Ludwig) of Los Angeles, Aimee Summer of Mankato, Jamie (Laura) Summer of Owatonna; 2 granddaughters, Anwen and Emma; his brother, Harry (Carol) of Inver Grove Heights; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Following a valiant battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Ken passed away Friday afternoon, January 31, 2014, with his wife and family by his side at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, at the age of 61.
A visitation to Share and Celebrate Ken’s Life will be held from 1-4PM Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com