Former Soldotna resident Harold Raymond "Hal" Halldorson died March 11, 2003, in Long Beach, Wash. He was 76.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. A reception will follow in the chapel.
Mr. Halldorson was born Oct. 7, 1926, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. As a toddler he moved to California, where he graduated from San Bernardino High School.
Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator in the South Pacific. Returning to California, he worked for a short time as a butcher before entering the building trades. In the late 1960s, he moved to Petersburg, where he lived 15 years and later moved to Soldotna. Following retirement, he moved to Long Beach in 1986.
He was active in the Petersburg Elks Lodge 1615 and was a Past Exalted Ruler. He also was a member of the Moose Lodge, Masonic Lodge No. 23, Shrine and Scottish Rite in Petersburg. He was active in the American Legion post of Ilwaco, Wash., and was a former member of Long Beach Elks 1937.
"He lived life to the fullest. While living in Alaska, he fished virtually every day in the summer up at 2:30 a.m., limit by 6 a.m. and at the job by 7 a.m. He had an ongoing love of cribbage and was a member of the Cribbage Congress of America. He also enjoyed crossword and jumble puzzles. He played guitar, sang and enjoyed jazz and country music," his family said.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Arlene; sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Heather Halldorson of Running Springs, Calif., and Raymond and Lisa Halldorson of Everett, Wash.; stepchildren, Starr and Gene Swift and Greg, Genny and Glenn Olson; sisters, June Perry and Barbara Leamaster, both of San Bernardino; and numerous grandchildren and other members of an extended family.
Memorials may be made to the Ocean Beach Hospital Building Fund or Long Beach Ambulance Service in care of Penttila's Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.
Funeral arrangements were made by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach.
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