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Harold Jelleberg

June 6, 1925 — August 23, 2012

Harold S. Jelleberg, age 87 of Perham, MN passed away peacefully August 23 surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 28, beginning at 2:00 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham, MN with Pastor Phil Holtan officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Private interment will take place in the Silent Hill Cemetery, Aneta, ND.

Harold Sheldon Jelleberg was born on June 6, 1925 to Louis and Julia (Vettern) Jelleberg, on a farm near Bottineau, ND. After graduating from Bottineau High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Signal Corps and served as a radio repairman in Shanghai, China until his discharge in 1946. He attended Bottineau School of Forestry, graduating in 1949. He finished his education at NDAC (NDSU), graduating in 1951, with a degree in Mechanized Agriculture. While in Fargo, he met and married Margot Thompson on October 20, 1950. After graduation, he went to work for the Soil Conservation Service with the USDA and they moved to Ellendale, ND. Shortly thereafter, due to a transfer, they moved to Forman, ND. In Forman, he was active in his church, Boy Scouts, Legion Baseball, golf, fishing and hunting. All of their children were born while in Forman.

They moved to Bismarck in 1965 and two years later were transferred to Grand Forks, ND. Harold became Administrator of the Conservation Service of Northeast North Dakota. After 31 years with the USDA, Harold retired in December, 1982. Following Margot's retirement, they moved to their lake home on Marion Lake, near Perham, MN.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, three infant daughters Steffi, Kay and Julie, his sister Irene and brother Omar.

He is survived by his wife, son Scott (Debbie) Jelleberg of Mount Pleasant, MI, daughters Betty (John) Rystad and Mary Mooney of Bloomington, MN, grandchildren Aaron (Anna) Jelleberg, Lauren Jelleberg and Colleen Mooney, great-grand daughter Adele Jelleberg, brothers Lloyd, Ernest (Verdine) and Everett (Sadie) and sister-in-law Estelle, all of Bottineau.

Memorials preferred to Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham, MN.

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