Ernest T. Halverson
Ernest T. Halverson
Ernest T. Halverson, 97, resident of North Riverside for 62 years, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Ascension Lutheran Church in Riverside, Ill. Entombment was in the Woodlawn Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the DAV Chapter 47, 407 159th St., Calumet City, IL 60409 or Ascension Lutheran Church, 400 Nuttall Rd, Riverside, IL 60546. For more information call (708) 442-8500 or visit www.woodlawnchicago.com.
He served in the US Army during WWII for 39 months. He was stationed overseas in Europe and received six Bronze Star Medals and a Good Conduct Medal. He retired from ARA Services in Chicago as a salesman.
Ernest was a life member of VFW Post 6869 since 1945 and was Commander from 1990-1991. He served as the VFW National Deputy Chief of Staff from 1993-1994 and the VFW color guard captain. He was a proud member and past Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 & Chapter 47. He was a District Executive Committee member for the DAV.
He was a member of the loyal order of Moose for over 50 years. He belonged to the Sons of Norway, Amvets, Combined Veterans’ Association of Chicago and served on the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals. He was active with the Brookfield Zoo, North Riverside Golden Agers, the Recreation Board and Riverside Fishing Club. He was a Boy Scout of America Scout Master and the North Riverside block captain who began the neighborhood watch program.
Ernest was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church where he served as a treasurer and Deacon. He was the first recipient in North Riverside of the Cook County Sheriff's Senior Medal of Honor Award.
He was the beloved husband of the late Sophie, nee Sukach; loving father of Robert (Linda) Halverson and Sandra (Melvin) Swan; cherished grandfather of David (Kate) Halverson, Jennifer (Chris) Toomer, and Cali Marie Swan; great-grandfather of Jack, Leah, Ryan, and Max Halverson, and Carson and Hadan Toomer; brother of Myrtle (the late Arnold) Nesset and the late Victor (the late Pearl).