Today we celebrate the life of James “Jim” Percival Halvorson. Jim was born April 3, 1957, in Thief River Falls, Minn., and grew up in Goodridge, Minn. As a young boy, he enjoyed basketball, hunting, fishing and trapping, which continued into his adulthood.
He had a vast knowledge of everything related to the outdoors and enjoyed every minute he could in the woods or on the lake. Although he was probably the most impatient person that we have ever known, he could sit in a deer stand or in a boat for hours, waiting for that perfect trophy. According to a close friend and mentor, a great life accomplishment was that he was the only trapper to ever trap the Little Missouri River by boat.
Jim shared his love for sports and the outdoors with his children. Our favorite family memories include tubing on the lake behind dad’s boat, camping and biking at Lake Bronson State Park, spending hours with dad in the garden, and going to Dairy Queen.
Jim fought many demons and hardships throughout his life, but his story is more than just a few chapters in our life. We choose to remember him for all the ways that he shaped us all into who we have become today.
On Dec. 27, 2018, Jim entered eternal life in heaven with his Lord and Savior.
He is survived by his four children: Cynthia, who looked up to him as her hero and protector. Chris, who will forever remember him as his best friend. Annaleah, who always knew he was her greatest ally. And, Anndrea, who felt that he was her biggest fan.
In the spirit of Jim’s life, take your children to the lake, go on a walk, or enjoy an ice cream. He will be forever remembered in the small details of our lives.
Rest In Peace, Dad. We love you.