Dennis Hjorth, age 91 of Fallon, passed away at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive with family by his side.
Dennis was born on June 11, 1926 to Christ and Amelia (Starr) Hjorth in Glendive. Dennis was the second oldest of three children: Ivan and Marvin. He grew up on the family farm in Fallon attending schools in Thorson, Fallon and Terry. When he was a senior in high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943. Dennis served in the Regimental Weapons Company in the battle for Iwo Jima. After being wounded in the war, Dennis was honorably discharged where he went back to the family farm to help out. He also worked various jobs for Buffalo Rapids and Shell Oil hauling crude oil. Over time he and his brother Ivan took over the family farm which was his true joy in life. On October 23, 1954 he married Margaret “Maggie” Manion. To this marriage they had four children: Carleen, Sharon, Christie and Doug. Together they farmed in the Fallon Flats for many years. They were the last of the original owners of the Fallon Buffalo Rapids Project. Every year the family would take family vacations after wheat harvest and before beet harvest. Dennis served on the Fallon Sewer Board, the Fallon Rural Fire Department, both Fallon and Terry School Boards, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He was an active member in the Hope American Lutheran Church in Fallon and was a big part in helping move the church from Marsh to where it stands in Fallon today. Dennis loved to collect antique tools, playing cards (especially pinochle) and enjoyed fishing. Maggie and Dennis used to enjoy bowling together, making regular trips into Glendive for league. Above all Dennis was a family man, loving his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie; his parents; his brother, Marvin; and a sister-in-law, Maureen Hjorth.
He is survived by his son, Douglas (Connie) of Fallon; three daughters, Christie (Kent) Liles of Lindsay, Sharon (Steve) Macioroski of Glendive, and Carleen (Don) Gaub of Fallon; a brother, Ivan Hjorth; eight grandchildren, Shane Macioroski, Scott Macioroski, Jason Liles, Laci Donnelly, Bridget Schwartz, Christ Hjorth, Beth Gaub and Cassie Gaub; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Delores Hjorth. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry, followed by a prayer service. Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Hope American Lutheran Church in Fallon. Interment will follow in the family lot of the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.