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Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home

2195 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN

OBITUARY

Roger Eldon Hellerud

June 1, 1935August 9, 2019
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Roger Eldon Hellerud

Age 84, of Clermont, FL passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019. Roger is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Eileen Hellerud; parents, Gerhardt and Alpha Hellerud; siblings, Richard Hellerud, Shirley (Gale) Nelson, and Sandra Engelking; and brother in-law, Gerald Hilleshiem.

Roger grew up in Rochester MN graduating from Rochester High School in 1953. He attended the University of Minnesota before joining the U.S. Army and serving from 1954 – 1956 near Mainz Germany.

He enjoyed a successful 35-year career with JCPenney managing stores in LaCrosse, Beloit, Kenosha, and Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Ely, Minnesota and retiring from his Mason City, Iowa store in 1990.

During his retirement he especially relished quality time with his grandchildren in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. He was also able to travel extensively throughout the United States.

Throughout his life he was an avid horseman. He owned three horses including a hackney pony that he showed frequently during the 1970’s. He loved playing cards with family and friends. Anyone who played with him knew that he inevitably held a mittful of wild cards. He often won and always was a good sport. Roger was a true gentleman and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Roger is survived by his loving partner, Betty Halverson; children, Michael Hellerud, Dawn Okite, and Mary (James Lundberg) Hellerud; grandchildren, Melissa (Jake), Brian, Anna, David, and Daniel; great-granddaughter, Kennedy; siblings, Gordon (Marilyn) Hellerud, Gloria Hellerud, and David (Sara) Hellerud; in-laws, Mary and Jim Christie, Sharon Maahs and Irene Hilleshiem; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Memorial Service to be held Tuesday, August 13th at 12 PM with visitation one hour prior at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home 2195 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury.

We wish to thank the staff at United Hospital and the Pillars Hospice House who provided loving and compassionate care during the last week of his life.

Wulff Woodbury 651-738-9615

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    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Biography

ROGER ELDON HELLERUD

OBITUARY

Age 84, of Clermont, FL passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019. Roger is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Eileen Hellerud; parents, Gerhardt and Alpha Hellerud; siblings, Richard Hellerud, Shirley (Gale) Nelson, and Sandra Engelking; and brother in-law, Gerald Hilleshiem.

Roger grew up in Rochester MN graduating from Rochester High School in 1953. He attended the University of Minnesota before joining the U.S. Army and serving from 1954 – 1956 near Mainz Germany.

He enjoyed a successful 35-year career with JCPenney managing stores in LaCrosse, Beloit, Kenosha, and Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Ely, Minnesota and retiring from his Mason City, Iowa store in 1990.

During his retirement he especially relished quality time with his grandchildren in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. He was also able to travel extensively throughout the United States.

Throughout his life he was an avid horseman. He owned three horses including a hackney pony that he showed frequently during the 1970’s. He loved playing cards with family and friends. Anyone who played with him knew that he inevitably held a mittful of wild cards. He often won and always was a good sport.

Roger was a true gentleman and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Roger is survived by his loving partner, Betty Halverson; children, Michael Hellerud, Dawn Okite, and Mary (James Lundberg) Hellerud; grandchildren, Melissa (Jake), Brian, Anna, David, and Daniel; great-granddaughter, Kennedy; siblings, Gordon (Marilyn) Hellerud, Gloria Hellerud, and David (Sara) Hellerud; in-laws, Mary and Jim Christie, Sharon Maahs and Irene Hilleshiem; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Memorial Service to be held Tuesday, August 13th at 12 PM with visitation one hour prior at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home 2195 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury.



MEMORIAL SERVICE REMEMBRANCE
by Mary Hellerud


Thank you all for being here, and more importantly, for being a part of my dad’s life.

Our lives have all been made better by having my dad in them whether you called him dad, grandpa, brother, uncle Roger, Mr. Hellerud or honey.

My dad was born in Spring Grove MN and was raised with 3 brothers and 3 sisters in a family where Norwegian was the first language. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1953 and spent a year at the University of Minnesota before enlisting in the Army in 1954. He served for over 2 years mostly near Mainz Germany and had the opportunity to travel to many European countries while there.

When he returned from Germany, he said he had the option to go work for a bank or JCPenney and he’s so glad he chose Penney’s. Probably for many reasons, but mostly because he met my mom while they were both working at the Penney’s store in LaCrosse.

My parents married in 1961, my brother was born in 1962, my sister in 1963 and I came along in 1965 … as my dad would say “Uffda”. With any new job, our family moved to another city. We lived in 4 cities the first 4 years of my life – that could not have been easy on my parents.

We moved to Kenosha WI in 1969 and although my parents were both working full-time and busy raising 3 kids, they made time to pursue their shared passion for horses. We spent most weekends either at the farm or at horse shows and those are some of mine and my siblings fondest childhood family memories.

My dad enjoyed a 34-year career with Penney’s before retiring in 1990 at the age of 55, my mom was 51. They both worked hard, saved well and they were thrifty to reach that goal.

After retiring they moved to Wausau to be closer to their grandchildren. And even though they lived in Florida when 10 years later my kids came along, they spent significant time with us in Minnesota also.

My dad really truly was the best dad, but when the grandkids arrived, he took it to another level. He doted on all of them to the best of his ability …
One of the grandkid’s favorite memories is of grandpa taking them out for ice cream after school. Anna was always amazed he let them get the “gotta have it” size even though he knew they wouldn’t be able to eat it all. I’m sure that was a favorite thing for grandpa to do also since he continued that tradition far into the high school years.

We also have many happy memories of trips to visit grandpa and grandma in Florida. They worked at Universal Studios to accumulate free tickets to take the grandkids – and we spent many many fun days at that park with them. They usually made sure we fit in a few days at the beach and a trip to Disney World as well. The kids loved riding in or driving Grandpa’s golf cart to the pool – although Brian is probably still scarred by the time Grandpa took a corner and Brian fell out -- Grandpa didn’t even notice and kept going without him.

We spent a lot of fun time with grandpa, but he also tried to teach them valuable lessons …. Like the importance of hard work and living right. He instilled the joy of getting a bargain in all of his grandchildren -- or at least 4 out of 5 anyway, right Daniel? He had a way of diffusing sibling squabbles by saying, “bug me, I like it!” and the kids had no idea how to respond to that. And of course one we’ve heard all our lives and now use on our kids, “Remember, nothing good happens after midnight.” Dad, you were right.

We were all so fortunate to have him as our dad and grandfather …
So Melissa, Brian, Anna, David & Daniel …. cherish those memories and know that you are grandpa’s legacy. As you know, he loved you all so very much and he is proud of all of you.

My dad’s world was shaken to the core when my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2002. My dad cared so lovingly for my mom during her last 9 months of life in ways that I never knew possible. People have always described my dad as a kind, gentle, wonderful man and he was that and so much more during that difficult time.

Then 15 years ago another chapter began for my dad…. he asked Betty to go out for coffee… and our family tree grew another branch … complete with 4 more grandchildren … Christopher and Katie, Matt and Abby – you were all very special to my dad also.

My dad called her Betty Dear and anyone who has ever been in the same room with them knows how much they loved and respected each other. Thank you Betty for making the last chapter in my dad’s life so happy and full of wonderful memories.

The past 3 years have been challenging from a health standpoint for my dad, but up until the last few weeks he was still enjoying his life with Betty and spending time with those he loved.

Again, thank you all for being here today to honor my dad’s life,

But mostly - thank you dad.

Rest in peace knowing you did well by all of us and will be missed dearly.

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