Lawrence Marion Halbersma

June 8, 1935 ~ February 28, 2020

Lawrence M. Halbersma, 84, Brookings, formally of White, SD died Friday, February 28, 2020, at the Estelline Care Center, Estelline, SD.

Funeral Services will be 2pm, Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at Noon.  Inurnment will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone, MN, at a later date.

Lawrence Marion Halbersma was born on June 8, 1935 in Leota, MN to Martin and Jessie (Kots) Halbersma.  He was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church.  He was the second youngest of 9 children.    He was raised on a farm near Pipestone, MN.  Lawrence attended elementary and high school in Pipestone, MN.  He worked at John Deere before he began farming.  On October 15th, 1955, he was united in marriage to Barbara Powers at Zion Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.  This union was blessed with four children Belinda, Kimberly, Timothy, and Julie.  Lawrence operated a dairy farm near Brookings for over 40 years.

Lawrence was raised in the Dutch Reformed Church and later joined Argo Lutheran Church WELS.  He Joined Mount Calvary Lutheran in Brookings, SD where he served as an elder.  He moved to Brandon, SD in 2002 and became a member of Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Lawrence’s hobbies included restoring John Deere farm equipment, attending tractor pulls, and going out to coffee with friends.  Lawrence also enjoyed helping build a church in Spencer, Iowa for Laborers for Christ.

Lawrence was married to Sharon Heldenbrand on January 10, 2009.  During his final illness, he lived at Trail Ridge Senior Living in Sioux Falls, SD, Edgewood Assisted Living in Brookings, SD and at Estelline Nursing and Care Center in Estelline, SD. 

Lawrence is survived by four children, Belinda (Daniel “Buck”) Crouse, Watertown, SD, Kim Halbersma, Brandon, SD, Tim (Cindy) Halbersma, Volga, SD, Julie (Dennis) Reuhl, Johnson Creek, WI; ten grandchildren, Tim and Mitch Crouse, Tarin and Matthew Obbink, Ashley Norgaard, Dianne,  Tony, Christopher, Steven, and Natasha Halbersma; two great-grandchildren, Neela Norgaard, David Halbersma; sister-in-law, Rozella Halbersma, Sioux Falls, SD; many nieces, nephews, and other friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and eight siblings, Elizabeth Uilk, Bernice Halbersma, Ellen Hubers, Luella Tuinstra, Harold Halbersma, Mary Boersema, Edward Halbersma, and John Halbersma.

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  • Deb ThompsonSumner says:

    sorry for your loss prayers 24/7
    love Deb ThompsonSumner Toronto SD

  • Lynnette Montague (Knight) says:

    My condolences for your loss.

  • Tammy Jorgensen says:

    Tim, So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing! It is hard to lose a parent. Praying for Peace during this difficult time and keeping you and the rest of your family in my thoughts! Please give my condolences to Belinda, Kim, and Julie. Tammy Lemke Jorgensen

  • Tammy Murphy Byers says:

    Belinda, Kim, Tim, Julie,
    So very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing! He was quite the man! One-of-a-kind! Hold on to the many memories……never stop talking, laughing, crying about them! Prayers for peace and understanding!
    Sincerely,
    Tammy and Dirk Byers

  • Terry Wilhelm says:

    Belinda and Family,
    From your work family at K&K Interiors, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. It is never easy to witness the passing of a parent. Find comfort in knowing that one day, where there are no more days or years, you will be together again in the place we know as Heaven, where your father knows now as Paradise. May the Peace that surpasses all understanding guide you through your journey in that days ahead, knowing your father is witnessing first hand this Peace and laying it upon each of you.
    May God Bless you with many memories that are full of happiness and joy.

  • Darlene Dokken says:

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Lawrence. Dennis, my husband, (Who passed last July) used to work on your dad’s tractors once in awhile. We hadn’t seen him for awhile.

    Know that we are thinking and praying for the whole family.

    Darlene Dokken and family

  • Andrew Hartmann says:

    Halbersma Family,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Lawrence. May the memories you shared bring you strength, comfort, peace, joy and happiness in the days ahead. He was always a joy to listen to for his stories and thoughts.

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