Paul Truman Halvorsen, 85 of Arcadia, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023, peacefully at Mayo
Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI.
Paul was born on December 22, 1937, in Blair, WI to Tilman and Eleanor (Lien). Paul graduated
from Blair High School in 1956. He married Mary Lou Halvorsen (Amundson) on November 30,
1957, at Zion Lutheran Church in Blair.
After marrying, Paul and Mary Lou moved to Stillwater, MN, where Paul worked for Bluff City
Lumber. They moved to Arcadia in 1964, where they started a family and purchased Halvorsen
Lumber Co. in 1974, which he successfully ran until he sold it to his sons in 2007. Paul enjoyed
playing and watching sports, being on the river, spending time with friends and family, and serving
his community any chance he could.
Throughout his lifetime, Paul had a passion for serving others. He was rewarded for his many
accomplishments and achievements including but not limited to:

Member of Army National Guard 1955-1964

WIAA state high school star – basketball, track, and football

Charter member of Blair Lions Club 1958

Chairman of Broiler Dairy Festival – First Festmaster 1999

Instrumental in starting Arcadia representation in the Miss Wisconsin pageants in 1977

Special Deputy for Trempealeau County for 23 years

Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award recipient

City of Arcadia

Businessman of the year – 1992

Member of the Arcadia Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC)

Arcadia Chamber of Commerce – Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award – 2010

Instrumental in the building of the Lions Club Pavilion and BBQ Pit and served as its
Chairman starting in 1991 up until his passing.

Paul is survived by, daughter, Kay (Rudy Vanbeuzekom) Halvorsen of Trempealeau; son, Erik (Sally
Haines) of Trempealeau; daughter-in-law, Sara of Arcadia; 8 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Shannon), Cole,
Allison (Alli), Casey (Madelyn), Treyce (Mackenzie), Charlie, Sidney and Miranda; 6 great-
grandchildren; brother, Martin (Diane) Halvorsen of Hudson, WI; and many nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and son, Jeffrey.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Arcadia Lions Club
Pavilion (551 Memorial Park Dr, Arcadia, WI 54612). A Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. with
Reverend David Johnson officiating. Food and beverage to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Arcadia Lions Club in honor of Paul. To
leave an online condolence for his family, please visit

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