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Orlie E. Hjellming


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Orlie E. Hjellming

Orlie E. Hjellming, 86, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Friday, August 11, 2017, at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 14, 2017, at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be Sunday, August 13, 2017, with family present to greet friends from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Children's Inn, The Banquet, or a charity of your choosing.

Orlie E. Hjellming was born July 10, 1931 in Sisseton, SD to William and Olga Hjellming and was raised and went to school in rural Summit, SD. In January of 1951 he enlisted in the Air Force for 4 years. He trained at the San Antonio, Texas base and was stationed and attended school for Aircraft Mechanic at Sheppard AFB in Texas. He was then in Japan for 2 ½ years and then 8 months at Kinross AFB in Michigan. He received the Korean Service Medal; Merit Unit Commendation; United Nations Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; and Occupation Medal (Japan). He was honorably discharged in March of 1955 as a sergeant.

In the spring of 1955 he moved to Rapid City, SD, where he worked in construction for a brief time. He then moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he worked as a carpenter until 1960 when he and a partner started a construction company. In 1962, he founded Hjellming Construction Company. He retired from the business in 1988.

He married Ardelle Korkow on August 17, 1960. Orlie and Ardelle spent their retired time between Sioux Falls, SD and Mesa, AZ. Ardelle passed away on March 18, 2002. On March 27, 2004 he married Joanne (Dooyema) Vanderstoep. They spent their time in Mesa, AZ and Sioux Falls, SD until November 15, 2015 when they moved to Sioux Falls permanently.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church from 1955-2004, and is a present member of First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls.

He served as President of Sioux Falls Home Builders Association for 1 year; Director of the State & National Builders Association; received Builder of the Year, Hall of Fame of Sioux Falls Home Builders Association in 1997; and Hall of Fame of South Dakota Home Builders Association in 2010. He worked for Habitat for Humanity for 3 summers. Orlie was also one of the donors of land to the City of Sioux Falls that is now Harmodon Park.

Early in life he loved to travel the world. He loved the lake home where he and his friends and workers could just hang out and have fun. He loved Arizona, spending time with friends and golfing. He had 4 hole in ones! Loved to work and talk about work. After retiring he would show up on the job sites and keep tabs on what was going on.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne "Dolly" Hjellming of Sioux Falls; son, Scott (Chris) Hjellming of Sioux Falls, Steve Lane of Texas; and daughter, Tamara (Alan) Granby of Glendale, AZ; 5 grandchildren, Cory (Karla) Hjellming, Bryan Hjellming, Samantha Messerschmidt and Justin Rokusek, Allison Messerschmidt, and Jillian Hill; one great grandchild, Alessia Hjellming. He is also survived by 5 step children, Alanna (Loren) Vandentop of Edgerton, MN, Chuck (Kathy) DeVries of Chandler, MN; Carla (Frank) Schaap of Park Rapids, MN, Gary (Joan) DeVries of Sioux Falls, and Todd (Lonna) Schaap of Littleton, CO; 16 step-grandchildren and numerous step-great grandchildren. He has a sister, Hazel Stahl of Sioux Falls and a step brother-in-law, Darrell (Sandy) Dooyema of Encinitas, CA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ardelle; brothers, Deverne, Darrell, Orville, Willis, and Marlow; and sisters, Ardis Clute and Sharon Hjellming.
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 12, 2017
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