Eric L. Halvorsen
Eric L. Halvorsen, age 96, of Sheridan, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Hospice.
Born in Traverse City, Eric moved to Sheridan in 1956 and had been a pillar of the community ever sense.
Eric proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy.
After his discharge Eric attended Michigan State University and earned a degree in dairy husbandry.
Eric served as commander for the Sheridan VFW Post 5065, commander of VFW District Nine and also commander of the State VFW; he was also selected as an all-American district commander and all-American state commander. Eric served as a trustee for four years at Montcalm Community College. Throughout his lifetime, Eric was very active in the Sheridan VFW Post and served as chairman for many committees, headed up lots of projects and held a variety of offices. Eric's impact on the Sheridan community and surrounding areas will be felt for a long time, and he will be greatly missed by everyone.
Surviving Eric are his daughters, Sue Halvorsen, of San Francisco, California, and Sandra Gasper, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sons, Triston (Tana) Halvorsen, of Traverse City, and Mark (Diana) Halvorsen, of Carson City; grandchildren, Matt Jenks, of Phoenix, Arizona, Shawn Jenks, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brent Gasper, of Marion, Iowa, Nicole Wade, of Traverse City, Carrie DenHerder, of Grand Rapids, Bill Beck, of San Jose, California, Scott Halvorsen, of Williamsburg, Mark Halvorsen, of Williamsburg, Erica Halvorsen-Harrell, of Crystal, Derek Halvorsen, of Crystal, and Kristen Campbell, of Lansing; 22 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Wanda Halvorsen, of Traverse City.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Melvina (Lyon) Halvorsen; wife, Dolores Halvorsen; son, Rick Halvorsen; brother, Lars; and sister, Sonja.
Visitation for Eric is being held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Simpson Family Funeral Home, 246 S. Main Street, Sheridan. Funeral services for Eric will be on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan, beginning at 11 a.m., with Pastor Phil Van Dop officiating. Graveside services with full military honors being held at Evergreen Cemetery.
For those wanting to make a memorial donation in Eric's memory, you are asked to direct them to the Sheridan VFW Foodbank. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Published on September 21, 2019


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madisyn cramer
Oct 17, 2019
hey, family, this is eric great-grandchild im here for you guys whenever you need me I love you guys and im sorry