Robert Arthur Halaquist, Sr, 78, of Franklin passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Fox Hospital Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family.
Born May 3, 1941 in Margaretville, NY, 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 1959-1962. 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 over 30 years a dedicated service. After retirement Robert and his wife Anastasia enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach and Nags Head, NC 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, VT, Margaret Condon (Mike) of Walton, David Halaquist (Kim) of Walton, Jennie Buffington of Oneonta and Eric Halaquist (Kim) of LaCygne, KS; brothers Phil Halaquist (Sandy), Pete Halaquist and Stan Halaquist (Debbie); sister-in-law’s 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 on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11 A.M. at Walton Cemetery, 55 Fancher Avenue, Walton with full military honors.
Memorial donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the American Legion, Truman C. Tobey Post 32, 10 Park Street, Walton, New York 13856.
The family would like personally thank 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. To leave a special message of hope and comfort for Robert’s family please visit www.courtneyfh.com