Robert “Bob” Hellerud, 83, Hills, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors was in the Flowerfield Cemetery at Hills.
Robert Hellerud was born Dec. 22, 1933, to Henry and Eva (Goodwin) Hellerud in Hills. He was known by his nickname, Popeye, a name given to him by the hobos who rode the railcars through Hills. Bob grew up in Hills and attended Hills High School. He served his country from 1953-1955 as an Army truck driver during the Korean War. He was also a lifeguard for the Army. He received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Medal of Freedom.
Bob married Jeannie White on Feb. 1, 1964, at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakkota. They made their home in Hills. Bob worked at Blue Ribbon Hatchery and was a truck driver for The Paper Company in Sioux Falls. After retiring, he worked as a custodian at Hills-Beaver Creek High School, a position he thoroughly enjoyed. He belonged to the Hills Fire Department, Hills Community Club, Hills City Council, Pheasants Forever, Beaver Creek Sportsman’s Club, and Hills Legion.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was very patriotic and flew the flag in his yard. He enjoyed collecting, especially beer cans and barbed wire. He was a fan of sports, especially the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots, Gophers, Twins and Vikings. He and his wife were foster parents through the state of Minnesota and also hosted foreign exchange students.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jeannie Hellerud, Hills; three daughters, Kelli Hellerud, Hills, Konni (Greg) Liggons, Sioux Falls, and Amy (Tom) Bosch, Sioux Falls; four granddaughters, Karah (Tyler) Hellerud, Emma (Tyler) Bosch, Isabel Bosch and Karissa Liggons; one grandson, Noah Hellerud; and three great-grandchildren, Makynzie, Keiton and Emileigh.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Betty Copler and Eleanor Sargent; and a brother, Gale Hellerud.
Arrangements were with Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, jurrensfuneralhome.com