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Sylvester ‘Sy’ A. Halsey — Austin

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AUSTIN — The funeral for Sylvester "Sy" A. Halsey will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Kristi Koppel officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Mr. Halsey, 85, of Austin, died Thursday (May 3, 2007) at Austin Medical Center.

He was born April 5, 1922, in Iowa. He moved to Wisconsin when he was young and attended country school. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, then re-enlisted in 1946 and served until 1949. He married Dorothy Osbourne in January 1951 in Austin. She died in 1957. On May 3, 1975, he married Audrey Van Epps in the Westby Chapel of St. Olaf Church in Austin. He worked for Hormel Foods Corp. for more than 31 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 91 and Olaf B. Damm Post No. 1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and horses. He also volunteered at the blacksmith shop at the fairgrounds for many years.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Chuck (Terri) of Lyle; a daughter, Barb (Gary) Haugstad of Hayfield; four stepdaughters, Debra (Guy) Wentzel of Las Cruces, N.M., Sharon (Dick) Harding of Ellendale, Minn., Shirley (Jim) Newkirk of Elkton, and Janice Vaughn of Pennsylvania; two stepsons, John (Diane) Van Epps of Juneau, Alaska, and Russell (Jeanine) Birk of Austin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Pearl Forslund of Minneapolis; and two brothers, Ellsworth of Auburn, Wash. and Gene of Big Timber, Mont. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, two brothers, a stepson and a stepdaughter.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church.

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