Robert Arthur  Halaquist Sr.

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FRANKLIN - Robert Arthur Halaquist Sr., 78, of Franklin, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born May 3, 1941, in Margaretville, he was the son of the late Stanley Arthur and Jane (Elderkin) Halaquist.
Robert was a lifelong resident of Franklin. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962.
Following his time in the service, Robert replaced his father with the New York State Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator. He retired from the state with more than 30 years of dedicated service.
After retirement, Robert and his wife, Anastasia, enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach and Nags Head, North Carolina, during the cold winter months.
Robert had a great love for his family especially his grandchildren. He helped care for his mother-in-law and aunt so they could stay at home and maintain their independence.
Robert was a proud member of the American Legion, Truman C. Tobey Post 32 in Walton.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 57 years, Anastasia Halaquist of Walton; children Robert A. Halaquist Jr. of Chelsea, Vermont, Margaret Condon (Mike) of Walton, David Halaquist (Kim) of Walton, Jennie Buffington of Oneonta and Eric Halaquist (Kim) of LaCygne, Kansas; brothers, Phil Halaquist (Sandy), Pete Halaquist and Stan Halaquist (Debbie); sisters-in-law, Patricia Halaquist and Lois Ann Purchell; brother-in-law, Richard Fairbairn; grandchildren, Lauren Halaquist, Meaghan Rollson, Brandon Condon, Noah Condon, Christopher Halaquist, Adam Halaquist, Natali Cobb, Tinsley Buffington, Teagan Buffington, Jordan Halaquist and Kaitlyn Halaquist; and seven great-grandchildren. Robert is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is predeceased by his son, John Edward Halaquist; brothers, Earl Halaquist and Gordon Purchell; sister, Maria Fairbairn; close friend and co-worker, Cappy Beers and close friend Dick Evans.
A graveside service to celebrate Robert's life will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 13, in the Walton Cemetery, 55 Fancher Ave., Walton, with full military honors.
Memorial donations in Robert's name may be made to the American Legion, Truman C. Tobey Post 32, 10 Park St., Walton, NY 13856.
The family personally thanks all the doctors, nurses, aides and various other staff at the Fox Hospital Nursing Home for their care, love and support of Robert and his family these past two years.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.
Leave a special message of hope and comfort for Robert's family online at www.courtneyfh.com.
Published on June 7, 2019
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