Died: July 21, 2013
Richard was born January 1930 in Buffalo, New York to George and Esther Halvorsen, both of Norwegian descent.
Richard grew up in Bradford, PA. He attended Lock Haven University for 1 year before joining the Army, eventually stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo during the Korean War. His basketball prowess on the Army team caught the attention of the Cal Poly coach, who offered a scholarship when his enlistment was over. He completed both his Bachelors and Master degrees from Cal Poly.
His teaching and coaching career began in Bakersfield, where he married the love of his life Jill, a Pan Am stewardess in December 1956. The following year they moved to San Jose where he taught and coached in the Campbell High School District, residing in Los Gatos. His 3 favorite daughters, Kris, Suki, and Jody were born in the next 3 years.
The family moved to Redding in 1964, relocating to Igo in 1971. He was employed by the Shasta Union HS District, teaching many subjects including earth science and geography, and coaching boys and girls basketball at Nova High School.
Retiring after 35 years of teaching and coaching, he enjoyed traveling, golfing, grandchildren, and living part-time in Newport, Oregon. Richard developed Parkinson's disease, although he maintained his fun-loving sense of humor and gentle, kind character until his last days.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jill, of Igo: brother Bob(Evalyn) of Midland, TX; daughters Kris (Steve), Suki (Macy), all of Parker, CO, and Jody of Newport, OR; grandchildren Whitney (MIke), Paul (Natalie), Jessica, Blake, and Jill. He was preceded in death by grandson Adam in 2003. A celebration of life will be held in Newport, OR in August.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shasta Land Trust, PO Box 992026, Redding, CA 96099
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Arrangements handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).