Hillis Hugelen, 83, longtime pharmacist and business owner in Velva, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Hillis Jerome Hugelen was born Sept. 18, 1930, the son of Henry J. and Judith V. (Rognlie) Hugelen in Twin Valley, Minn. At an early age, he moved to Maddock where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Maddock High School in 1948.
Following his high school graduation, he attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, where he received a B.A. degree in pharmacy in 1952.
Hillis then served a one-year internship as a pharmacist under Homer Hill in Towner before proudly volunteering to serve his country with the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He enlisted on Aug. 6, 1953, serving in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged May 25, 1955.
Hillis married Jean A. Skeie on July 10, 1955, at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Leeds. They made their home in Minot, where Hillis worked for Black Drug and later White Drug. They moved to Velva in 1968, purchased Anderson Drug from Harold and Mary Anderson in 1972, and changed the name of the business to Velva Drug. In 1983, they built a new store in order to expand the business. He retired in 2001 after 50 years of working in his profession.
Following his retirement, he and Jean enjoyed traveling. They visited Norway, Australia and Alaska. Most of all, they enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Hillis has served his community in countless ways over the years. He was a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church, and its church council in Velva, was a founding member of the Velva Community Development Corporation, and had served with the Velva Association of Commerce, Velva Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Clinic Board, Aggie Boosters, Ducks Unlimited, Sons of Norway, the Velva Senior Citizens and the Velva American Legion. He was also a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association and the District II Pharmacy Association.
He was a proud supporter of the Velva High School Aggies and was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.
Loving family who shared in his life includes: wife of 58 years, Jean, Velva; children, Denise (Glen) Foss, Rolette, Heidi (Mark) Mittelberg, Larkspur, Colo., and Todd Hugelen, Sycamore, Ill.; grandchildren, Melodie (Matt) Slocomb, Joshua Foss, Emma Jean Mittelberg, Matthew Mittelberg, Brittany Hugelen and Nicholas Hugelen; great-grandchildren, Natalie and Jude Slocomb; sister, Audrey Hugelen, Minot; sisters-in-law, Sandra Olson, Eileen Kirk and Shirley Harkness; and many nieces and nephews.
Hillis was preceded in death by: his parents; infant twin sons, Alan and Harold; brother, Lowell Hugelen; and brothers-in-law, Bill Harkness and John Kirk.
Funeral: Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Interment: Velva Community Cemetery, Velva.
Visitation: Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Velva.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Souris Valley Care Center, both of Velva, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
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