Melvin Roy Halgrimson, 96, Princeton (formerly Pine River), died Monday,
September 10th at the Sterling Pointe Memory Care Unit in Princeton, MN.
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 US Army aboard the USS Sea Witch during WWII,
beginning on July 25, 1942 until his honorable discharge on February 9,
1946. Melvin worked as a heavy equipment operator for the McGary Brothers,
Elk River Bituminous, Barbarosa Construction and others over the years.
On February 14, 1947, he was united in marriage with Evelyn Nielsen. They
lived in Minneapolis, Rockford, IL, 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 December 20, 1975. Melvin moved to Pine
River in the late 1970’s, 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 # 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
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 on December 20, 1975.
The funeral was held Saturday, Sept 15th at the Williams Dingmann Family
Funeral Home, Princeton, MN.
Burial: Waukenabo Lake Cemetery, rural Palisade, MN
(Williams Dingmann, Princeton, MN)