Memorial services were held Monday, March 21 for Arden Dale Halvorsen at the Oroville Free Methodist Church. He passed away on March 16 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
Ardie was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 28, 1937 to Alvin and Hazel Halvorsen. He spent much of his youth moving around the country following the work trade of his father. He joined the Air Force in 1960 in Zanesville, Ohio. He was then stationed in California where he met his first wife, Cindy Todd. A son, Arden Jr. was born to them. Ardie then went to Vietnam in 1965-66. After coming home, he was stationed near Salem, Ore., where he met Kathy Eshom and they were married on May 13, 1967. In 1969 they moved to southern Italy and were stationed there until 1971. Returning to the U.S., their next base was Ft. Meade, Md.
In 1972, after serving 12 years of active duty, they moved back to Oroville. During this time, Ardie worked various odd jobs in the community until becoming a fruit inspector for the Dept. of Agriculture. He also joined the Air National Guard in 1982. Ardie retired from the Air Force with 22 years of service in 1992. In his retirement, Ardie was busy spending time with his children, grandchildren and traveling with his wife. Much of his time at home was spent in service at the American Legion. Highlights of his service included sitting on the board for the Legion Housing, marching in the color guard, Memorial Day preparation, flag placement and participating in the Memorial Day ceremonies. He held a majority of the positions within the American Legion.
Ardie was a compassionate, caring man and was faithful in service for others. What motivated him was his love for people and his sense of duty and commitment. Ardie never met a stranger and he could take up a conversation and make a new friend around every corner.
Ardie is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children: Arden Halvorsen Jr., Shannon Halvorsen Hixson, Darin Halvorsen and Kent Halvorsen; two sisters: Beverly Hunter and Ione Allison of Salem; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Inland Northwest Honor Flight c/o Justin Peterson, 617 Northridge St., Chewelah, WA 99109.
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Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.