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September 18, 2012
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CARROLL - Michael Robert Halbur, 59, of Carroll, Iowa, died Sunday, September 16, 2012, at his residence, of cancer.

Visitation with family will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Holy Spirit Church Bishop Greteman Center in Carroll, Iowa. Funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll, Iowa. Celebrant will be Fr. Timothy Johnson. Mass servers will be Michael Halbur and Joseph Halbur. Lectors will be Nicholas Halbur, Brian Halbur and Dr. Marie G'Sell. Gift Bearers will be Luke Borkowski, Adam Halbur and Brett Dougherty. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike's eight siblings.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for Mike's family at

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Mike was born in Carroll, Iowa, on May 8, 1953, the son of Robert W. and Mary C. (Spellman) Halbur. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willey, Iowa. Mike graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1971 and attended Iowa State University while farming spring and fall. He toured Europe for three months in 1974 on a Triumph purchased in London. Mike received a Bachelor of Science Degree from ISU in 1975, after three years of study including Pre-Veterinary, Ag-Business and Economics. He was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity and served on the first board of the Cyclone Aides.

Mike married Kyle Anne Boehm on July 24, 1976, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ogden, Iowa. Together they made their life in Carroll and raised four sons. During his thirty year tenure in farming, Mike served on many boards and committees both at ISU and in his community. His agricultural stewardship included planting thousands of trees and installing countless waterways, riparian buffers and terraces in a tri-county area. Mike retired from his local crop and livestock operation in 2002 while retaining agricultural partnerships in several states. He served in management for Elite Pork during the past seven years. Mike was an avid Iowa State fan and enjoyed working, family time at the lake and men's bridge club.

Memorials may be left in Mike's name to St. Mary's Parish in Willey, the St. Anthony Infusion Unit, Kuemper Catholic Grade Schools or the St. Paul Lutheran Outreach Center.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Kyle Anne Halbur of Carroll; four sons: Matthew R. (Kristina) Halbur of Cedar Falls, Jacob M. (Emily) Halbur of Ankeny, Zachary A. Halbur of Norman, OK, and Hans M. Halbur (fiancee Alicia) of Fort Dodge; four grandchildren: Christopher, Haylie, William and Josie; eight siblings: Dr. Martin (Dee) Halbur, Joseph (Claudia) Halbur, James S. (Barb) Halbur, Mary Ann (Berton) Borkowski, all of Carroll, Dr. Patrick (Dr. Therese) Halbur of Ames, Paul (Maureen) Halbur of Omaha, NE, Dr. Greg (Dr. Johanna) Halbur of Sioux City, and Corinne (Greg) Dougherty of Omaha, NE; parents-in-law John R. and Joyce Boehm of Ogden; in-laws Hans and Pamela Boehm of Boone, Mark and Kathy Boehm of Mapleton and Jana Boehm of Atlanta, GA.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents John G. and Magdeline Halbur and Martin and Corinne Spellman.



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