Monday, April 22, 2024

Robert Fredric Hallvik

| April 2, 2024 1:00 AM

Robert Fredric Hallvik passed away in Reno, Nev., on Monday, Feb. 26, surrounded by his children and family. His youngest daughter, Eva, who now lives in Portugal, was able to be there via Facetime. Robert (Bob) was born to parents Clarence and Mabel Hallvik in Spokane, Wash., on Jan. 23, 1939. He joined sister Mary, who was a couple of years older, and the family moved to Idaho when Bob was in first grade to live with Clarence's mother. He grew up in the house on Coeur d'Alene Avenue, which his grandparents built, and graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1957.

As a young man, Bob was an extraordinary athlete who lettered in all high school sports. He maintained a close friendship with his school days 'rat pack' throughout his life, and they often met during reunions and vacations. When he was a junior in high school, he and one of his friends met some identical twins from the Silver Valley at a teenage dance above the Eagles Lodge on Sherman Avenue. He ended up marrying Evalyn Burrell in June of 1958. They were both students at North Idaho College, where Bob played basketball. He worked for Albertsons while going to school and started working full-time after graduating in 1959. Their first daughter, Karen, was born in 1960 and son Christopher in 1963. Bob was promoted several times at the store and was transferred to Butte, Mont., in 1965, when a new Albertsons store was built. After just a few months, Bob got transferred back to Spokane, Wash., where he eventually became a store manager when he was in his 20s. Daughter Eva Jo was added to the family in 1967.

Albertsons continued to recognize Bob's good work, and he was promoted to the district office in Boise, Idaho, in 1969. From there, the family moved to Portland, Ore., and in 1973, Bob decided to go back to be a store manager for Albertsons in Eugene, Ore. During their years together, Bob and their family enjoyed outdoor sports, which included skiing and boating on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Bill Dennis and his brother-in-law, who was married to Evalyn's twin sister, Eva, once waterskied all the way from the beach at Cd'A to Harrison, Idaho … a trip of about 20 miles. One of the special trips the family made with other families was boating in the San Juan Islands and stopping at a new spot every day to fish or dig clams or barbecue oysters on the beach. 

Bob and Evalyn divorced in 1976, and she moved back to Coeur d'Alene with her children. The children continued to visit him during summer vacations. He retired from Albertsons in 1988 and moved to Reno, Nev., where he managed a local convenience store. He fell in love with Mary Sorci and they married in 1997. They enjoyed many wonderful family gatherings in the home they had purchased in Sparks, Nev., with Mary’s five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all around their Papa.

Bob was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022 and put up a good fight with various treatments, including immunology. Unfortunately, Mary also got cancer last year and passed away Jan. 15, 2024, just about six weeks before Bob. They had 27 good years of marriage, including annual trips to their condo in Cabo San Lucas, visits to Minnesota to visit Mary's siblings, and many trips to Coeur d'Alene. They will be missed by all of their children and many friends. The greatest gift Bob gave to his children was always letting them know he loved them.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, his parents, many aunts and uncles and special nephews Mark and David Dennis. He is survived by his three children, four grandsons and four great-granddaughters, his sister, Mary Hyde, and her daughters, and his wife Mary's extended family. 

Bob's celebration of life service is scheduled for April 4 at 1 p.m. at Victory City Church, 8975 Double Diamond Parkway, Suite 3, Reno, NV 89521.  

Messages of condolences can be sent to his son, Chris Hallvik, in the care of the Church.