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John Lellilid - Colman: Feb. 21, 1939 – Jan. 30, 2013

Posted: Friday, Feb 1st, 2013

John Lellelid, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Madison.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Colman Lutheran Church. Burial is in the Colman Cemetery. Visitation begins one hour before the service at the church.

He was born Feb. 21, 1939, in Madison to Helga and Gust Lellelid of Colman. His parents were both raised in Norway, their native land, in the Hardanger region and Tydal. John graduated from Colman High School in 1957 and then went to SDSU in physics engineering, with a break to sail to Norway with his dad.

John enjoyed his parent’s native land and made many friends over there. He returned to South Dakota to finish his education and graduated in 1962. Later John returned and was an instructor in general engineering, teaching engineering graphics for eight years at SDSU. John obtained master’s degrees in science and science education. He completed the teaching block at USD and taught at Hartford, O’Gorman in Sioux Falls, St. Andrews Priory in Honolulu and in Gettysburg. He was employed by General Electric in Arizona, the Man’s Space Center in Texas (Lockheed) and had an office job for the Navy at Pearl Harbor. John married Ella Jean Wilkinson at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Sept. 14, 1974, in Honolulu, where they lived for five years before moving to Colman.

The couple was married 38 years. John attended Sioux Technical Institute and got a degree there in electronics.

He had two dachshunds, Long-John and Coco,who he loved.

He traveled as much as possible in Europe, Hawaii and on Amtrak to Oregon. John liked taking an art course and visiting in Sweden at a hostel as recently as Sept. 25, 2012. He was an amateur extra ham radio operator with call-letters KA0DEZ and made contacts with his best friends, Will Gravning and boyhood friend Karl Lee. He was a member of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club.

He is survived by his wife Ella Jean; sister, Jan Halvorsen of Morgan Hill, Calif.; a nephew; cousin Dave Huebner of Bushnell, brother-in-law Bill (Jane) Wilkenson of Lake Oswego, Ore., two nephews and many cousins in Norway and many other friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Bruce Halvorsen and many aunts, uncles and cousins from many areas.

For online condolences, visit www.skrochfc.

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