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Morrie Edward Halvorsen

May 23, 1931 ~ October 31, 2017 (age 86)

Longtime resident of Elm Grove, WI, passed away October 31, age 86. Born May 23, 1931 in Fort Pierce, FL.  He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy, who after four years of being pen pals, they married in 1958; his most beloved daughter, Georgia Foley, Brookfield; and sister, Brenda Koprowski, Two Rivers, WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Ray Halvorsen, also of Two Rivers.

A high school standout in basketball and tennis, he was inducted into his high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Morrie attended Denison University, Granville, OH, for two years before earning his B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He was a proud Wisconsin Badger and Packer fan!  He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at both universities and later took business courses at the University of Michigan and Wharton School of Business.

He spent two years with the U.S. Army running an Armed Forces Radio Station in Whittier, AK.  That was followed by a brief stint as a TV anchor with KWWL-TV and radio, Waterloo, IA.  In 1956, he joined Milwaukee Electric Tool, Brookfield, as a sales trainee and worked his way up to Vice President-Sales & Marketing. From 1972-1976, he held a similar position with ITT Phillips Drill, Michigan City, IN.

During his time with Milwaukee and Phillips, he realized there was no national trade association for distributors/manufacturers in the tool and fastener industry. When he learned 18 distributors had started such an organization, he applied for the job as executive director and held that post until his retirement at the end of 1999.  During his 23 years with the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA), the organization grew to over 2,300 members with 60 programs and services including an annual convention & trade show. When he announced his retirement, he was pleased STAFDA’s Search Committee selected his daughter, Georgia, to succeed him.

A special thanks to all the staff at Manor Care/Pewaukee for the marvelous care and attention given to Morrie. We weren’t just lucky to find Manor Care, we were blessed!

Morrie's request was not to have a funeral; however, to honor that wish we are having a gathering to celebrate his life at Western Racquet Club, Elm Grove (1800 Highland Dr.) on Friday, November 17th from 3 to 5 PM. A private family burial was held in Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the American Parkinson Disease Association or the charity of your choice.

Charitable donations may be made to:

American Parkinson Disease Association

Charity of your choice

 Service Information

Gathering in memory
November 17, 2017

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Western Racquet Club
1800 Highland Dr.
Elm Grove, WI 53122

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