Melvin Roy Halgrimson, 96, Princeton (formerly Pine River), died Monday, Sept. 10 at the Sterling Pointe Memory Care Unit in Princeton, Minnesota.
Melvin was born on March 30, 1916 in Alberta, Canada, son of Albert and Alice (Morris) Halgrimson. As a youth, his family moved to northern Minnesota and made their home in Bain for a few years. He later worked in the Boundary Waters in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.
He served his country in the U.S. Army aboard the USS Sea Witch during WWII, beginning on July 25, 1942 until his honorable discharge on Feb. 9, 1946. Melvin worked as a heavy equipment operator for the McGary Brothers, Elk River Bituminous, Barbarosa Construction and others over the years.
On Feb. 14, 1947, he was united in marriage with Evelyn Nielsen. They lived in Minneapolis, Rockford, Illinois, and many other areas due to his work.
In 1958, they moved to Zimmerman. It is there they raised their three children. His wife, Evelyn died on Dec. 20, 1975. Melvin moved to Pine River in the late 1970s, where he lived until entering the Guardian Angels in Elk River and last year moving to Sterling Pointe in Princeton.
Melvin was a member of the 49ers Union, the Zimmerman Fire Department and the Zimmerman American Legion Post No. 560.
Melvin is survived by his children: Mike (Pam) Halgrimson of Princeton, Randy (Geri) Halgrimson of Zimmerman and Rita (Tom) Smith of Bemidji; four grandchildren: Lisa (Kelly) Johnson, Derek (Kerstin) Halgrimson, Chelsea Starr and Nichole Peterson; eight great-grandchildren: Emily, Russell, Shania, Allyson, Isabelle, Rylie, Jenna and Raine; two brothers: Albert Halgrimson of Palisade and Harold Halgrimson of Tucson; many other relatives and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents: Albert and Alice Halgrimson; five brothers: Alfred, Olaf, Mervin, Ellis and Christ; four sisters: Otilda, Ida, Myrtle and Edith; and his wife: Evelyn.
The funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton, Minnesota. Burial: Waukenabo Lake Cemetery, rural Palisade, Minnesota.
Arrangements are with Williams Dingmann of Princeton, Minnesota.