Thomas Halse

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:48 pm

Thomas Halse, 84, of Waterloo, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Ravenwood Specialty Care.

He was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Decorah, son of Ralph and Margaret Johnson Halse. He married Dorothy Vick Nov. 8, 1958, at Hauges Lutheran Church, Canoe Township. She died Feb. 5, 1999.

He graduated from Decorah High School in 1953. After 33 years, he retired in 1992 from John Deere as a set-up man. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 during the Korean War. He was a member of the local VFW Post 1623, Waterloo Eagles Club Aerie 764 and AA.

He is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Jim) Heinz of Shorewood, Minn. and Roxanne Gilles of Waterloo; five grandchildren: Sarah (Scott) Byron, Angela (Aaron) Maenke, Matthew Gilles, Kari Gilles and Chad Gilles; eight great-grandchildren: Ben, Max and Will Byron, Tristin, Drew and Owen Gilles, Belle Liesl-Gilles and Gavin Maenke; two sisters, Margaret Meyers of Sequim, Wash. and Lois Schroeder of Port Angeles, Wash.; and a brother, Roger of Decorah.
He was preceded by his parents; and a brother, Edward.

Graveside services were held at Garden of Memories Mausoleum, with military rites by Waterloo AMVETS Post 19, Evansdale AMVETS Post 31 and Iowa Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity American Lutheran Church, Waterloo.
Arrangements were handled by Locke Funeral Home, 319-233-6138. Condolences may be left at

Thomas enjoyed playing cards at the Eagles Club and volunteered twice a week at Horizon Treatment Center at Covenant Medical Center.

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