Dennis R. Halfacre’s passions were God, family and music, his wife Bessie Halfacre said.
Accompanied on the piano by his daughter Sandi Moore, Halfacre was a church music director for 15 years. At home they filled the house with music with their organ and piano duets.
“Dennis was an important part of his kids’ lives growing up,” Bessie Halfacre said. “He was involved with Boy Scouts and Little League and often was an umpire at his son’s games, once calling his son out at home plate.”
Bessie Halfacre said their son Robert fondly recalls working with his dad at the Lions Club turkey shoots and pancake breakfasts. Father and son shared a love for roller skating, working together as floor guards at the Roller Dome.
Singing with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Whiting Park Festival Chorus were a significant part of Halfacre’s life.
Before he met his wife of 52 years, Halfacre was friends with his wife’s brother.
“When my brother joined the Army, Dennis just kept hanging out at the house,” Bessie Halfacre said. “We became friends and then started dating and the rest is history. We loved to travel and on our 25th wedding anniversary we recreated our honeymoon trip to Yellowstone, except we did it on a motorcycle.”
Halfacre, 75, of Munster enjoyed his 36 years at Inland Steel, where he developed many friendships, because his job was always changing and presented new challenges.
His unwavering faith in God was the basis for the way he lived his life and the source of strength that sustained him throughout his illness, his wife said.
Bessie Halfacre said she will miss her best friend’s smile and the sparkle in his eyes.
“I’ll miss his gentleness and the love he had for everyone,” she said. “I’ll miss his support and encouragement.”