Funeral services for Sheridan F. Halbe of Morris, will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:30 am at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm, with a KC Rosary at 7:00 and prayer service at 7:30, at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, as well as one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris. Military Rites will be provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets.
Sheridan Francis Halbe, son of Francis E. and Marie (Bruns) Halbe, was born December 18, 1921 in Morris, Minnesota. Sheridan was baptized on January 29, 1922 and confirmed on June 2, 1935. He began his education at a country school in the Morris area, later attending St. Mary's School in Morris. He eventually attended Morris High School, graduating in 1940. After his schooling, Sheridan worked for a short time in Wood River, IL before entering the U.S. Marine Corps on June 22, 1942. He served during WWII in the Pacific Theatre and was involved in the Battle of Guadalcanal. He received his honorable discharge on October 13, 1945. After his service, he worked off and on with the Railroad in Minneapolis and with John Nagl Construction, before taking a position as bartender with the City of Morris' Municipal Liquors. On January 30, 1950, Sheridan was united in marriage to Lorraine Podtburg in Morris. To this union two children were born, Jim & Jane. In 1952, Sheridan began working for the Morris Post Office as a temporary clerk/carrier and later as a dispatcher. Eventually he took a mail carrier route in Morris. On August 4, 1979, he retired after 31 years of service in the post office and military.
Sheridan has continued to live in Morris since his retirement, where he was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and was involved in the Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of the Morris VFW Post 5039, where he served as commander in 1964-65 and also a member of the Morris American Legion, DAV and the 9-F Sportsmens Club. Sheridan enjoyed gardening, watching the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves, rides in the country and being outdoors.
Sheridan died on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 88 years.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Halbe of Morris; two children: Jim (Cathi) Halbe of Morris and Jane (Larry) Swenson of Morris; three granddaughters: Tara, Kristen and Taylor Swenson of Morris; brothers-in-law: Lewis (Dorothy) Podtburg of St. Paul Park and Harvey Podtburg of Morris; sisters-in-law: Leona Halbe of Willmar, Viola (Arland) Sperr of Cokato and Mercida (Felix) Blaskowski of Glenwood as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Phillip Halbe; mother and father-in-law: Louise and John Podtburg; brothers-in-law: Lloyd and Lester Podtburg and sister-in-law & brother-in-law: Louise & Gary Anderson.
Pallbearers for the service are: Vern Wevley, Jim McRoberts, Oscar Brandt, Tom Dahl, Eugene Pasche and John Schultz. Josh Fischer will serve as pianist/song leader for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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