Marlyn Hillesland, 86, of Jamestown, ND, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
Marlyn Earl Hillesland, the son of Charles and Ellen (Lavanger) Hillesland, was born on a farm near Kloten, ND, on October 24, 1931. He graduated from Kloten High School in 1949, entered the United States Air Force in March of 1952 and was honorably discharged in March of 1956. Marlyn married Elizabeth Roth on September 26, 1958, at Jamestown.
He worked ten years at Red River Cement in Grand Forks, was in landscaping in California with his brother Ellwood, then worked ten years at Montgomery Wards in Jamestown and eight years at White's Home Center in Jamestown. Marlyn worked four years at Lampert Lumber in Park Rapids and two years at Nevis Lumber. The Hilleslands lived for twelve years in the Park Rapids area and were involved in cabin restoration. Earlier they had restored the historic Jamestown home built by Judge Glaspell in 1883, which they occupied for 19 years. In retirement they returned to Jamestown in 2000.
Marlyn had many hobbies including reading avidly, camping, fishing, designing wind chimes and preparing saws for his wife to paint. The couple spent nine years participating in Mary's House of Crafts. Marlyn especially enjoyed summer months in Minnesota and spending time with his grandchildren and family.
Marlyn is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth; their three children, Calvin (Jackie) Hillesland of Watertown, SD, Barbara (Allan) Martin of Lake George, MN, and Michael (Bethany) Hillesland of Jamestown; eleven grandchildren (Abigail, Rachel, Hannah, Rebekah, Micah, Isaac, Chloe, and Grace of Watertown; Deborah of Lake George; Aubrey and Blake of Jamestown); two siblings, Dennis (Jackie) Hillesland of Augusta, GA, and Audrey Sundquist of Valley City, ND; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ellwood; sister, Evelyn Hillesland; and brother-in-law, John Sundquist.
Marlyn was a man of devout Christian faith and lived a life of example to family and friends.
Funeral Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at The Eddy Funeral Home in Jamestown with Chaplain Allan Martin officiating.
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at The Eddy Funeral Home in Jamestown.
Burial: Highland Home Cemetery, Jamestown.
Arrangements are in the care of Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown.