Gordon “Spud" Halsten, of Sisters, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house reception hosted by his daughters, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Tollgate Recreation Center.
Mr. Halsten was born Oct. 4, 1922, in Portland. He married Dorothy Smith in 1945 and she shared his life of travel and adventure in Oregon and Alaska until her death in 1998. He has three daughters, Kathleen (and Larry) Hofmann, of Goodyear, Ariz., Christine (and David) Ervin, of Portland, and Deborah, of Sisters; a grandson; and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Halsten served in the Coast Guard during World War II, which took him to several posts in Alaska and launched his lifelong practice in radio communications and ham radio. He spent nearly 30 years with the Federal Aviation Agency working in aircraft communications, air traffic control and supervision until his retirement in 1972. He enjoys church and community activities, spending time with friends, regular workouts at the gym followed by “coffee with the guys," music, and as much canoeing as possible in Central Oregon and at his cabin in Alaska.
He has lived in Central Oregon for 21 years.