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Bruce A. Halverson

Bruce A. Halverson of Huxley, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 26, 2022 at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa.

Born on December 10, 1942 in Ames, Iowa, Bruce was the son of Adrian and Wanda (Fjelland) Halverson. Bruce grew up in various rural locations in Story County. When he was a junior in high school, his family moved to a farm in rural Ames and he attended Ames High School where he graduated in 1960. Bruce started work after high school at Ames Ready Mix, and in 1963, Bruce got a job working for the Federal Government at the National Animal Disease Lab where he worked for 40 years and retired as maintenance supervisor. On June 1, 1963, Bruce was married to Sandy (Steensland) at Palestine Lutheran Church in Huxley. Bruce then joined the Army Reserves where he served for 7 years. He had many hobbies including woodworking and tractors. He helped build the house that he and Sandy lived in for 55 years. Bruce also spent his spare time restoring tractors, including his pride and joy, his 1946 Farmall H Tractor which originally belonged to his father. You could regularly find him tinkering around in his meticulously organized garage. Bruce joined the 2 Cylinder Club and rode in many WHO Great Iowa Tractor Rides. He enjoyed showing off his tractor at the Iowa State Fair and driving it in numerous parades. He spent time thinking of elaborate ways to prank his buddies, and joining them for coffee at ‘The House of Knowledge’ in Cambridge and solving the world’s problems. He also enjoyed his winters in Mesa, Arizona working in the wood shop, driving his golf cart, and having coffee with his many friends there.

Bruce was a friend to everyone. He was a man of few words but he never hesitated to lend a hand or loan a tool.

Bruce is survived by his beloved wife, Sandy, of 59 years. His son Chad (Carol) Halverson; daughter Tara (Trevor) Ferruggia; grandchildren Ashley (Jeff) Hutzell, Brittney (Phillip) Hanson, Noah Ferruggia, and Max Ferruggia; brothers Jim (Janice) Halverson, Dean (Kerin Overturf) Halverson; aunt Gladys Fjelland, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will be having a celebration of life on August 13. Time and location to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at


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