Donald M. Halvorson, age 81 of Sleepy Eye, died on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at his home.

Donald M. Halvorson , age 81, of Sleepy Eye, died on October 15, 2013, at his home. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye. Memorial Service will be held at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. The clergy will be Rev. Ted Lambert. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye with military honors by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to St. John's Lutheran Church and School and New Ulm Hospice. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. On line condolences may be left for the family at

Donald Marlin Halvorson, age 81, of Sleepy Eye, was called home to his Heavenly Father on October 15, 2013. Donald was born on November 2, 1931 in Sibley County near Gibbon to Orlan and La Verna (Fahrenkamp) Halvorson. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1949. He served in the United States Air Force from May 1951 to March 1955. He married Laurie Jean Lambert on July 25, 1981 in New Ulm. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Sleepy Eye for fifty years. He was proud to be a member of the Sleepy Eye Fire Department for 30 years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, the American Legion Post Number 7 and the VFW Post Number 800. Donald enjoyed working, gardening, camping, and spending time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed by his family and remembered for his one liners, words of wisdom, and his strong Christian faith. Special thanks to New Ulm Hospice for their kind and loving care.

He is survived by his wife Laurie of Sleepy Eye; daughter Emily (Scott) Moertl of McDonough, Ga.; son Christopher and fiancée Melissa Peloski of Maple Grove, sons Paul, Dan, Tim and Joel; sisters, Phyllis Halvorson of St. Peter, and Karen Ganske (Tom) of Sleepy Eye; brother-in-laws, Rev. Ted (Debra) Lambert of Silverdale, Wa. and Jerry Lambert of St. Louis, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Tom Ganske, and nephew, Joel Lambert.