Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES -

Gary Ray­mond Halver­son, 84, of Las Ve­gas passed peace­fully, Septem­ber 25, 2018, at home sur­rounded by his wife and fam­ily. Gary was born in St. Paul, Minn., June 22, 1934, to Ray­mond Halver­son and Aina Ja­cob­son Halver­son. At age 15 he left for Mon­tana to work in the log­ging camps. He joined the U.S. Ma­rine Corps in 1952. He served in am­phibi­ous re­con­nais­sance dur­ing the Korean War and re­ceived sev­eral com­men­da­tions. Af­ter his mil­i­tary ser­vice, he and his wife, Shar­lene May­dole, moved back to Min­nesota where they had their first child, Michael. Two years later they moved to Las Ve­gas, where they had four more chil­dren, Kara (still­born), Tye, Terri and Rock. Gary joined the Sheet Me­tal Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gram. In 1967 he opened South­west Air Con­di­tion­ing which is still op­er­at­ing as a fam­ily busi­ness to­day. Gary served as the Pres­i­dent of SMACNA and on sev­eral com­mit­tees in­clud­ing the Na­tional En­ergy Com­mis­sion. Dur­ing this time, his mar­riage ended. On Oc­to­ber 15, 1977, Gary mar­ried Cheroyl John for time and all eter­nity in the Manti Tem­ple. At this time, he adopted and was sealed to her two chil­dren, Tonya and James. They have been hap­pily mar­ried for 41 years liv­ing and serv­ing in the Las Ve­gas area. Gary was a faith­ful mem­ber of the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. He served in nu­mer­ous call­ings in­clud­ing the High Coun­cil and sev­eral Bish­oprics. His most loved po­si­tions were serv­ing with the youth. Gary was ac­tive in the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica for many years where he was awarded the Sil­ver Beaver. He also con­trib­uted greatly to the build­ing of Camp Stimp­son and Camp Po­tosi youth camps. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; his daugh­ter, Tonya, and three in­fant great-grand­chil­dren. He is sur­vived by his wife, Cheroyl; chil­dren, Michael, Tye (Re­becca), Terri (John Ulmer), Rock and James; 25 grand­chil­dren, and 46 great-grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by his sib­lings, Ar­letta Beatty, Richard Halver­son and Ken­neth Wilske. Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12 with Fu­neral Ser­vices fol­low­ing at 11 a.m., both at the Church of the Lat­ter-day Saints, 3400 W. Charles­ton Blvd., Las Ve­gas, NV 89102. Burial will fol­low at Palm Memo­rial Park North­west, 6701 N. Jones Blvd., Las Ve­gas, NV 89131.

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