The world lost a truly special man Friday evening, April 20, 2018. Terry Halvorson, age 56, Mishicot, was taken from us after giving his all in a fight with pancreatic cancer.
Terry was born July 31, 1961 in Manistique, MI. He grew up on the waters of Garden Bay where he learned about fishing and nature. Terry loved nature and animals and enjoyed being at his family home on the bay in Michigan and on his “40” near Crivitz, watching the animals in the woods around his home, and caring for several pets over the years including rabbits, geese, dogs and cats.
Terry graduated in 1979 from Big Bay de Noc High School, Garden, MI and went on to study criminal justice at NWTC, Green Bay. He worked various security jobs until being hired as a police officer for the City of Green Bay in 1989, retiring in 2014 after 25 years of dedicated service.
Terry married the love of his life, the former Carla (Grzywinski) Grotegut, on March 15, 2008. On October 12, 2011 he celebrated the birth of the other love of his life, his daughter, Alyssa. Because of Terry’s belief in life in Jesus, he said he was not afraid of dying; he just didn’t want to leave his wife and daughter alone.
Terry also had great love for his family, especially his father, the late John (Jack) Halvorson; his mother, Joyce (Bonifas) Halvorson; and his sisters and brother: Louise (Charles) Reetz, Jackie Halvorson, John Halvorson, and Elaine LaTulip. Terry is also survived by his stepsons, Ryan and Nicholas Grotegut; his mother-in-law, Eunice (Braun) Grzywinski; his sister-in-law, Barb Grzywinski; and his nieces and nephews: Luke (Lindsay) Reetz and children Alexander and Elena; Emily (Jared) Anderson and children Marcus, Jack, and Sawyer; Desiree Halvorson (Mike Titus) and children Jasper and Harper; Jake, Brianne, Kaitlyn and Noah Halvorson; Jason (Emily) LaTulip and children Dominic and Morgan; Dan LaTulip; Logan (Courtney) LaTulip and children Zayley, Autumn, and Adaline; and Harper and Aubrey (Grzywinski)Welsh.
Terry was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Roman Grzywinski.
Services to celebrate Terry’s life and officially welcome him to his eternal home will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at All Saints Parish, 145 St. Claude St., Denmark, with visitation from 9 AM - 11 AM and Mass to follow at 11 AM. Interment will be in the Garden Cemetery, Garden, MI at a later date. Newcomer - Green Bay Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. For directions or to leave a message of remembrance please visit www.NewcomerGreenBay.com.
Terry’s family requests those attending wear brighter colors to celebrate Terry's life and the happiness that he brought; Terry was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, and a wonderful and trustworthy friend and colleague.
Terry’s family also extends a deep, heartfelt thank you to Dr. Nawaz, Kristen Moen, NP and the staff of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora BayCare
and the staff of Southern Care Hospice for the courage and care they gave Terry, and to the many, many incredible friends and colleagues who went above and beyond to support Terry and his family. Your love and kindnesses will always be remembered.