Roland G. Lillegraven, 100, of Decorah, died Monday morning, Feb. 26, 2018, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Madison Lutheran Church in rural Ridgeway, with Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating. Burial is in Phelps Cemetery in Decorah, in the spring, with full military honors by Decorah’s veterans and military organizations, and U.S. Army personnel. Visitation begins Friday at noon, one hour before the service, at Madison Lutheran Church. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Roland Gerald Lillegraven was born April 8, 1917, in Mabel, Minn., the son of Lewis and Elizabeth (Peterson) Lillegraven. He was baptized and confirmed at Madison Lutheran Church in rural Ridgeway. Roland attended rural school in Madison Township.

He was united in marriage with Hattie E. Baethke June 4, 1938, in Waterloo. This union was blessed with two children, John and Susan.

He was inducted in the U.S. Army May 25, 1944, receiving his training in California. He served in the Pacific Theater and was trained in heavy equipment and also as a medic. He earned the Bronze Star Medal and was honorably discharged Jan. 30, 1946.

Roland worked for Holt Dairy, Bolson Feed Store for over 50 years, the Decorah Sale Barn, the Winneshiek County Home as a maintenance man, and he also served as a Winneshiek County supervisor for 10 years. He was a long-time member of Madison Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council, and a lifelong member of Helof Holm V.F.W. Post No. 1977. His hobbies were woodworking and carvings. He made grandfather clocks for all of his children and grandchildren.

He became a resident of the Aase Haugen Home Jan. 8, 2018.

Roland is survived by one son, John (Wanda) Lillegraven of Decorah; four grandchildren: Paul (Nicki) Lillegraven of Decorah, Brian (Kim) Williams of Des Moines, John (Stacy) Williams and Ashley (Jon) Klingaman of Ankeny; eight great-grandchildren: McKinley and Andy Lillegraven, Emily, Cameron and Breanna Williams, Nathan and Natalie Williams, and Hattie Klingaman; one sister, Dolores Gerber of Cresco, Iowa; Kim Williams children: Emma, Tate and Owen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie, Jan. 21, 2008; his parents, Lewis and Elizabeth Lillegraven; his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dave Williams; two brothers, Maynard and Wendal Lillegraven; and one sister, Phyllis Smith.