The Rev. Dr. Victor F. Halboth
December 21, 1932 – November 18, 2018
The Rev. Dr. Victor F. Halboth was born in Yuba City, California to The Rev. Victor and Erna Halboth on December 21, 1932. He began his spiritual life through Baptism on January 5, 1932 at First Lutheran Church in Yuba City, his father performing the Sacrament.
When his father entered World War II as a Chaplain in the Army the family then moved to Plymouth, Wisconsin, his mother’s birth home. There he attended grade school and at the age of 12 Pastor Halboth entered Preparatory School on the campus of Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon graduating from “Prep School” Pastor Halboth entered Concordia College in Milwaukee (now Concordia University, Wisconsin), and began his Pre-Seminary Studies. After his graduation in the Spring of 1953 Halboth entered Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He spent his vicarage year at St. John Lutheran Church, Rome, New York under the supervision of The Rev. Paul Boriack. It was during his vicarage that he met his soon to be wife, Blanche. They were married at St. John Lutheran Church by Rev. Boriack and Rev. Victor Halboth just before Pastor Halboth was to begin his fourth and final year at the Seminary. Their wedding date was September 1, 1956.
After graduation in 1957 Pastor Halboth was called to Grace Lutheran Church in Redford Township, Michigan. His call document read to be Assistant to the Pastor “while the new building plan was to be completed, with the stipulation that Halboth will receive a call in the future.” Pastor Halboth was ordained at Grace in 1957 and stayed for 61 Years.
For 61 years Pastor Victor Halboth has held only three titles: “Assistant Pastor, Senior Pastor, and then again Assistant Pastor.” He served with his father for over 30 years and then with his son, The Rev. Timothy Halboth, for 30 years.
During his ministry, Rev. Halboth has had the honor and privilege of bringing many souls to Christ, thousands of Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. In all of these events Christ was always glorified. His pastoral heart was carried out to the extreme and he would visit, call, or help anyone in need, whether church member or not.
Pastor Halboth also served in various offices in the English District; leader of the Lake Erie Pastoral Conference in the mid-1960’s and also a member of the District Board of Directors during the turbulent 1970’s. When the inerrancy of Scripture was in question, Pastor Halboth remained steadfast to God’s Word and led and kept his congregation in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and the English District. He also served as a District Representative for Concordia Seminary during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He had to relinquish that position when travel started to get difficult for him.
For many years Pastor Halboth sat on the Board of Directors for Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park and continued to serve as Chairman of that Board until his death.
Along with his ministry to the Church Pastor Halboth also served in the civil realm as well. He was Chaplain of the Michigan State Police for over two decades. When the State Police changed their administrative duties, Pastor Halboth retired with honors. He also worked side by side with many leaders in the Redford Township Community working on several committees and also was involved in the Spiritual Life Committee at then Botsford Hospital where he was instrumental in the call of the first full time chaplain in 1992.
His loving survivors include his wife, Blanche; two sons Dr. Mark (Charla) and The Rev. Timothy (Erika), along with five grandchildren; Rachella, Charisa, Marcella, Erik, and Aaron. He was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip and a sister Bonnie.
As Scripture says: “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).
- Blanche Halboth, Wife
- Dr. Mark (Charla) Halboth, Son
- The Rev. Timothy (Erika) Halboth, Son
- Rachella, Charisa, Marcella, Erik, and Aaron, Grandchildren
- Preceded in death by his brother Phillip and his sister Bonnie
- Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
- Funeral In State Saturday, November 24, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2018
The Rev. Dr. Victor F. Halboth
Nancy Nimer Courtney
April 28, 2019
Sadly, I just found out today of the passing of Pastor Vic. My parents, brothers, sisters, and I all attended Grace Lutheran Church. The Halboth’s were treasured friends of our family.
Pastor Vic was very special to me, as he was my Godfather. It is evident by all the pictures posted and his ever smiling face, that he was very very special to so so many.
I will always cherish the prayer book “Little Folded Hands” that he inscribed and gave to me in 1955 and ten years later on May 23, 1965, when I was confirmed, his inscription in my personal Bible...”Seek First the Kingdom of God”—Matthew 6:33 signed, Your Pastor, Godfather and Friend.
I feel so privileged to have been touched and guided by this extraordinary man.
Nancy Nimer Courtney and family
Pam Bennett nee Britz
December 27, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss of Pastor, I just found out yesterday. Even though I have lived in Missouri for 31 years, I have very fond memories of Grace and especially Pastor. He married my husband and I in 1975 and baptized both of our daughters, one in 1978 and the other 1983. Pastor was there and was very supportive with the death of my Father, Robert Britz in 2006. Both Pastor and Blanche were there 100% for me when my Mother, Irene Britz passed away in 2013. May God grant the Halboth family peace during your grieving. God Bless all of you.
November 30, 2018
Greetings: I share your loss but rejoice for Dr. Vic! Your loved one was always positive and supportive when I was in the District Office as Pittelco's Mission Exec. He had a genuine pastor's heart and I thank God often for him and his ministry. He was a super resource for me and my ministry in the District.
Continue to celebrate and keep you all in my prayers.
Peace and joy in Christ our Lord
November 30, 2018
It was a blessing for me to serve alongside of Pastor Halboth during our time together on the Concordia Seminary Alumni Board. The joy in his heart was always evident in our meetings, and I always looked forward to seeing him to share pastoral stories as well as a few laughs. As a young pastor, I drew much encouragement from him. Thanks be to God! -- Rev. Greg Michel, Peace Lutheran Church, New Berlin, WI
November 21, 2018
Four generations of our family have been blessed with Pastor Vic's spiritual guidance.
We shall hold him in our hearts forever.