Hugh Allen "Ole" Skjeveland

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Hugh Allen "Ole" Skjeveland, 70, of Hastings, Minn., and Sunrise Beach, Mo., and formerly of Des Moines, Iowa, was born in Austin, Minn., on July 20, 1943. 

He passed away on Sept. 17, 2013, at University of Minnesota Hospital, Fairview, in Minneapolis after a short but valiant battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Hugh graduated from Austin High School, Class of 1961. He graduated from Minnesota State Jr. College in Austin, Class of 1966, and from Winona State University, Class of 1969. Hugh had a long and successful career in sales, beginning with the Geo. Hormel Co. He retired after 29 years, from Pfizer Animal Health in May 2002. He was consistently recognized for sales excellence and was named salesman of the year in 1998. He was a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, who enjoyed his retirement at Lake of the Ozarks, fishing, boating and entertaining family and friends. He also loved spending time with his two beautiful grandchildren in Lakeville, Minn.

Hugh was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Genevieve (Jenny) Skjeveland; brother, Lionel; and twin sons, Bryan and Wayne Skjeveland. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; son, Hugh Skjeveland Jr. (Tracey); grandchildren, Makena and Conner; mother-in-law, Georgine Mulstay; brothers, Lowell Skjeveland (Katherine), Eugene (Chip) Skjeveland (Elaine), Darrell (Red) Skjeveland (Janet) and Leslie Skjeveland (Carmen); sisters, Lorraine (Joan) Deyo, Sharon (Cherry) Waller (Richard), Carol (Cookie) Bruggeman (Lawrence); brother-in-law, Carl (Charly) Robertson; sister-in-law, Madeline (Mickey) Perrin (Warren); and his dear friend, William (Bill) Hansen (JoAnn). Hugh also is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, who he loved and who loved him, and of course his special girl, "Molly," who looked forward to her daily walks and treats.

Hugh will be remembered for his kindness, keen sense of humor, his great laugh and infectious smile. He will truly be missed by all who shared his path along the way. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the historic Hormel Home, 208 Fourth Ave. N.W., Austin, Minn., from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and caregivers at the University of Minnesota Hospital, and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic, especially Dr. Linda Burns, for all their outstanding care and kindness during the past eight months. We are so grateful for all their efforts and know Hugh received the best possible care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the University of Minnesota Cancer Research Foundation.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 19, 2013