The Changing Way We Grieve

"Service to be held at a later date."

The current pandemic is changing the way we grieve. Never been easy to lose those we love, those we call our friends. But now we can not gather to honor them as we used to, as we always had, to laugh together, to cry together. To smile and remember. We know we will in the future. We just don’t know when.

Yet we grieve. So we find new and different heartfelt ways to honor those we’ve lost.

Such was the case Monday (May 25, 2020) for the Halvorson family of Hanska, MN who lost their grandpa, great grandpa, father and husband Herb Halvorson Sunday night at the age of 87.

Late Monday afternoon Machinery Pete Facebook follower Jay Halvorson, Herb’s grandson, sent me a simple little message with a simple little video clip…“Great grandpa bought this MM ZB new and my grandpa passed last night so we spent the day getting it to run so they can watch over us together.”

Here’s link to the video:


Herb Halvorson led an amazing life, deeply intertwined with Minnesota agriculture:

  • Graduate of Madelia H.S.
  • Graduate University of Minnesota School of Agriculture 1952
  • 2 Years in US Army
  • Return to family farm in 1957
  • Married Madlyn Schneider on November 9, 1957
  • Held board positions on both Minnesota and American Soybean Associations
  • Minnesota Board of Animal Health 1983 - 1989
  • Assistant Commissioner of Dept. of Minnesota Agriculture 1988 - 1992
  • Married to Madlyn for 62 1/2 years
  • Father of 4
  • 6 grandkids
  • 2 great grandkids

This from Herb’s obituary…“He especially enjoyed telling stories about the past and it was important to him that his children and grandchildren knew his family’s history.”

They listened Herb. Very well. They know the family history. Very well. Grandson’s Jay’s video on the Minneapolis-Moline ZB your dad bought new is moving proof.

RIP Herb Halvorson.

Machinery Pete