1937-2012

Ronald J. Halbur, 75, of Ogden, Iowa, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Jefferson, Iowa.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. John Catholic Church in Ogden.  Father Jim Bruch will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Boone Veterans Council.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church.  Carson- Stapp Funeral Home of Ogden is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Ronald John Halbur was born May 25, 1937, in Coon Rapids, a son of Peter and Anna (Irlmeier) Halbur.  He graduated from Annunciation Catholic School in Coon Rapids.

Ron served in the U.S. Army in the early ’60s and spent one year in Korea with the K-9 corps in maximum security along with his dog Joker.  While serving his country he was also stationed in Colorado, California, and attended training schools in both Iowa and Aberdeen, Md.

On Sept. 9, 1983, Ron married Joyce Jones in Jefferson.

Ron farmed northeast of Coon Rapids and raised cattle, horses, sheep, hogs, cats, dogs, peacocks, turkeys, geese and ducks.  In 2005, he sold the farm and moved to Ogden.

Ron belonged to the Conservation Club in the 1970s and raised mostly wild turkeys, pheasants and quail for them, later releasing them into the wild.

Among his hobbies were hunting and fishing, as well as trapping raccoon, mink, beaver, and selling their furs.  Ron always planted a large vegetable garden and grew and sold pumpkins for awhile.  Ron and his good friend Ray cut down many trees for people over the years and later would run them through a sawmill so that he and Joyce could make furniture, and shelves, among other things.

Ron had a love for the church.  He ushered at Annunciation Catholic Church.  After moving to Ogden he attended St. Johns Catholic Church until his health prevented him.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Halbur of Ogden; children, Douglas (Kimber) Halbur of Glidden, Dale (Julie) Halbur of Ogden and Sarah (Caleb) Hockett of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; stepchildren, James (Shayne) Jones of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Joseph Jones of Crestview, Fla., Thomas (Beth) Jones of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Benjamin (Marlena) Jones of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Nicole (Bjorn) Johnson, Cody Halbur (Amber Sterns), Michaela Halbur, Aaron Halbur, Kyle Halbur, Kersten Halbur, Rebecca Jones, and Tyler Jones, Alexa Jones, and David Kohler; one sister, Alice Staiert of Carroll; and one brother, Roman Halbur of Garden City, Kan.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Arlene Anna Halbur; and one brother, Joseph Halbur.