Leroy (Roy) O. Halvorsen, 87, of Falcon Heights, died Feb. 21, 2020. He was born Oct. 11, 1932, to Oscar and Pauline (Frovold) Halvorsen in Greenwald, Minn. He grew up in Swatara, Minn., with his eight sisters and one brother, and graduated from Hill City High School in 1950.
Roy enlisted in the Air Force and spent four years serving during the Korean War. He met his wife Marge upon his arrival in the Twin Cities in 1956 and they were married on Aug. 3, 1957, at University Lutheran Church of Hope.
Roy attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a BBA degree in 1959. Roy spent his 31-year working career at Great Northern Railroad and its successor Burlington Northern, where he retired as director of shortline services.
During his retirement, Roy and Marge were volunteers at the Roseville Area Senior Program. Roy also participated in St. Paul Winter Carnival Senior Royalty activities and was the prime minister in 2003.
Roy was extremely proud of his Norwegian heritage, as all four of his great-grandparents emigrated from Norway. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and seven sisters. Leroy is survived by his wife Marge; daughter Lucia, son Mark (Vicky); and sister Rose Reich.
A funeral service was held Feb. 28 at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis.